Senior Nepali Congress leader Ramchandra Paudel said today that it was necessary to replace the incumbent government led by KP Sharma Oli.

"As the prime minister is heading towards becoming a totalitarian ruler in the guise of democracy, there is no option to an alternative to his government," said the NC leader, speaking at an interaction organised by Reporters' Club Nepal Gandaki Province today.

The prime minister and his acts are pushing the country into uncertainty, he alleged.

Further, the opposition leader revealed that his party had initiated talks with other parties to form an alternative government.

"NC is holding discussion with Janata Samajbadi Party-Nepal and CPN-Maoist Centre. We should get rid of the present government as early as possible because the longer it is at the helm, the more the country will suffer," he reasoned.

Paudel said the present time was not suitable for polls. "You can't take people as mere voting machines at your disposal to fulfil your vested interests, and there are still two more years of the five-year term to go, so rather than going for early polls now, we could move ahead by forming another government for the remaining term," he said, adding that there was general consensus in his party that the NC should lead the upcoming government until the polls.

The Congress leader also alleged that the incumbent government was mired in massive corruption.

When asked about the dispute between him and his party president, which was reported at a recent programme, the leader said he had only told the president that it was a mistake not to initiate the process of removing the Oli-led government and the provincial governments before the Supreme Court's verdict on the fate of the then NCP-NCP.

Paudel reiterated his call to remove the Oli-led government and asked for everyone's support for the same at a programme in Shishaghat also later today.

A version of this article appears in the print on April 11 2021, of The Himalayan Times.