Dahal not to become PM with NC support

Kathmandu, January 3

CPN-Maoist Centre Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has ruled out the possibility of becoming prime minister with the support of the Nepali Congress.

He said it was not appropriate, morally as well as politically, to become the PM with the NC’s support breaking away from the left alliance. The CPN-MC had contested the parliamentary and provincial elections forming the left alliance with the CPN-UML and promising political stability in the country with a five-year left alliance government.

Dahal has been publicly saying that NC leaders offered to support him if he wanted to become the prime minister for a five-year term. He, however, has refrained from naming NC leaders who made such an offer.

“We contested elections pledging to unify the two parties. People endorsed our agenda with their votes,” Dahal told mediapersons at the CPN-MC headquarters here today.

Dahal added that all hurdles for formation of the new government were cleared after President Bidhya Devi Bhandari authenticated the National Assembly Election Ordinance.

“It is better to form the new government as soon as possible after the Election Commission submits the final report of the parliamentary election under the proportional representation system,” he said, adding that there was no need for Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba to resign since he was a caretaker PM. Dahal added that Party Unification Coordination Committee meeting would be held within a few days.

“There are no obstacles as far as party unification is concerned. There is no dispute over power sharing between the two top leaders. Everything has been finalised, only formalities remain,” Dahal claimed.

Dahal and UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli were to meet today but the meeting could not take place due to Oli’s ill health. The two leaders had talked over phone yesterday to discuss party unification and government formation.