Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba has said that his party is ready to lead the government.

"NC must be and is ready to take on the mantle of the government," the NC supremo said, while unveiling Martyr Yam Bahadur Acharya's statue in Buddhashanti Rural Municipality, Jhapa, today. Acharya was murdered by Maoist rebels 20 years ago.

The Congress chief, however, acknowledged that his party lacked enough number of seats required to form a government.

"We don't have enough seats in the House, while the Maoist party hasn't withdrawn its support to the government and Janata Samajbadi Party-Nepal hasn't made public its policy yet. Still, irrespective of which party leads the government, there will be polls sooner or later, so you must be ready for the same," Deuba told his cadres.

NC central member and former home minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula also noted the critical state the country was going through and stressed the need for Congress to be ready to take the country out from the current political crisis.

A version of this article appears in the print on April 7, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.