Leaders claim parties close to consensus on govt formation

Kathmandu, August 5:

Leaders of the Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and the CPN-Maoist said today that the political parties were close to a consensus on forming a national government.

“A unanimous decision on government formation might come very soon,” said Nepali Congress spokesperson Arjun Narsingh KC, addressing a function organised to release books

— Krantikarika Astha Ra Gathaharu Part I and II — penned by Krishna KC.

“Discussions are in the final stage. We have agreed to provide compensation to the people affected by the decade-long conflict and provide due allowances of the Maoist’s People’s Liberation Army soldiers,” he said.

KC said there was no alternative to consensus as people have mandated the parties for the same. “A single party cannot solve any problem alone,” he said.

At the programme organised by the Oxford International Publications, senior leader of the CPN-UML Bamdev Gautam said parties have intensified efforts to forge onsensus. “Consensus may come anytime.”

Gautam also said that the CPN-UML and the CPN-Maoist were close to unification in the recent

past, but it failed later.

“Communists have 62 per cent of the total members of the Constituent Assembly, which is only five per cent less than the two-third majority. If we move ahead together, we can make the constitution of our like.”

Riding on confidence, senior Maoist leader Post Bahadur Bogati said the talks among the major parties since yesterday were positive and they might yield fruits soon.

“It’s the tendency of Nepal’s politics to stay idle till the last hour. Time itself drags them

at last,” he said, adding that there was a conflict between the parties favouring status quo and change.

Ex-IGP saved many Maoists: Bamdev

KATHMANDU: UML leader Bamdev Gautam on Tuesday revealed that former IGP of the APF Krishna Mohan Shrestha had saved many Maoist leaders and cadres. “But the Maoists killed Shrestha and his wife. It was gross violation of the norms of a war to kill those who are on morning walk,” he said. He claimed that Shrestha had saved the lives of many Maoists on his request. — HNS