Govt to introduce CA ordinance

Kathmandu, May 22:

The government today decided to introduce an ordinance to govern swearing-in of members of the Constituent Assembly, the first meeting of which is scheduled for May 28. Government spokesperson and Minister for Information and Communications Krishna Bahadur Mahara told reporters that a decision to this effect was made at a meeting held at the Prime Minister’s Office in Singha Durbar.

Mahara also said his party had asked PM Girija Prasad Koirala yesterday not to take any decisions, except those related to the CA, that may have far-reaching impact.

“We also asked the PM to clarify whether or not this is a caretaker government,” Mahara said. “I will clarify the government’s status during the first meeting of the CA,” he quoted the PM.

Mahara said they had also informed the PM about four decisions taken by the central secretariat of the CPN (Maoist) this morning. The central secretariat has asked the PM to step down and clear the way for the formation of a post-election government, Mahara said. “The party requests the PM to make clear his status as this government has automatically been reduced to a caretaker one following the CA polls and asks the PM to invite the CPN-Maoist to form the next government as the single largest party,” Maoist chairman Prachanda said in a statement.

The party also decided to ask the government to form a committee to probe the murder of businessman Ram Hari Shrestha.