UML Chairman Oli likely to lead new government: Leader Basnet

KATHMANDU: The CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli is likely to lead the new government after the leftist alliance garnered landslide victory in the House of Representatives and State Assemblies elections.

UML youth leader Mahesh Basnet claimed that it was baseless to debate on who the next Prime Minister of Nepal would be.

"Meanwhile, there has not been any conceptual debate on the parties unification, it would be wise not to name the next chairman of the new leftist parties," former Industry Minister Basnet added while speaking at an interaction programme in the Capital today.

He also stressed that the people have given mandate to the leftist alliance for the formation of the new government.

"Within January 21, the new government would be formed under the leadership of UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli," Basnet reiterated.

Referring to UML-CPN Maoist Centre unification, Basnet clarified that no formal debate regarding parties unification have taken place and it would be wise not to claim who would be the next chairman of the unified party.

He also accused the NC of trying to prolong the life of the government by debating on the issue of National Assembly election's ordinance and decisions on declaring states capitals.

Former Minister Basnet urged PM Sher Bahadur Deuba and Nepali Congress to accept the verdict of the recently held elections and step down to pave way for the formation of the new government under the leftist alliance leadership.

"People have given mandate to the leftist alliance for political stability and economic prosperity in the nation, it is up to the new government to make fresh decisions, rather urged NC to be strong and creative opposition force in the parliament," Basnet lamented.

He also said that the ordinance submitted to the President Bidya Devi Bhandari relating to the National Assembly is against the people's mandate. UML leader Basnet also claimed that the party submitting the ordinance is of no majority.

As per the constitution requirement Nepal should hold all levels of elections by January 21 for the implementation of constitution and federalism in the nation.