Kavre, June 3:

Nepali Congress central member and constituent assembly member Dr Shashank Koirala today said the posts of president and prime minister can be given to single party provided that all parties agree.

The two-third majority provision mentioned in the interim constitution to form government led by a party and the posts of president and prime minister could be given to single party if there is agreement among all parties, he said while addressing a programme organised by Reyukai Masunaga Eye Hospital in Banepa.

He said the CPN-Maoist’s claim for the post of president and prime minister reflects its rigidity.

“The recent remarks by Prachanda in Khulamanch and Gorkha reflect his egotism,” he said.

“The Maoists can’t claim both the posts.”

Stating that only consensus can resolve political crisis, Dr Koirala said agreement among all the 23 parties is the need of hour.

Dr Koirala also stressed the need of free media in democracy, criticising the Maoists’ threats against the press.

Foreign forces are continuing to intervene in Nepal, he claimed, expressing hope that a new constitution will be written on time.

“The Nepali Congress should respect the people’s mandate by not joining new government,” he said.

Central chairman of Nepal Farmers’ Association, Bhanu Sigdel, Chief District Officer Kabiraj Khanal and historian Gyan Kaji Manandhar, among others, also spoke on the

occasion.