TANAHUN: Amid repeated predictions made about the fall of this government, Maoist supremo Pushpa Kamal Dahal is pushing ahead Sujata Koirala for taking over premiership, said NC Parliamentary Party leader Ram Chandra Poudel on Saturday.

Speaking at a programme in Damauli, Poudel said the UCPN-M chairman Dahal is giving everything to convince NC president Girija Prasad Koirala to make the latter’s daughter Sujata the prime minister of the country.

Dahal had earlier reached out to him with the proposal of premiership which he turned down straightway, Poudel said, adding that he would never yield in to the lust for power.

He also charged the Maoists with effecting a delay in drafting a new constitution in the guise of civilian supremacy, which he said does hold any water in the country’s present changed political context.

He further claimed to have told Dahal that his party’s allegiance would be to the present UML-led government.