Dahal bats for national consensus government

KATHMANDU: UCPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who was a kingmaker behind KP Sharma Oli's election to the post of Prime Minister, on Sunday proposed that the nation now needed a national consensus government.

A national unity government was needed to facilitate an amendment to the Constitution, implement the new national law and carry out reconstruction tasks in the aftermath of the earthquake, Dahal said speaking with journalists in Dhangadhi of Kailali today.

The Maoist leader was in Dhangadhi to train his cadres of the proposed Province VII.

One of the most significant leaders of the current ruling coalition, however, did not explain if the party wanted to change the current government into the national unity government or to topple it for the new one.

Meanwhile, Dahal said the three major parties would very soon sign an agreement with the protesting United Democratic Madhesi Front, giving an end to the months-long political stalemate and supply obstructions at the Nepal-India border points.

He said the recent talks with the agitators were focused on forming a political mechanism to review the demarcation of federal provinces within three months.