Kathmandu: Nepal Prime Minister Jhalanath
Khanal on Sunday asked political parties to shed "idiosyncratic
motives" and rise above "accusation games" for enabling a
national consensus for constitution drafting, as the country
struggles to come out of a political quagmire.
Khanal today expressed concerns over the crisis of
unity and consensus among the major political parties, which
he said were essential to institutionalise the achievements of
the democratic movements of 2006.
Efforts to forge unity and collaboration among the
political parties have not been materialised, the prime
minister rued at a function to mark the National Cooperatives
"Idiosyncratic motives and accusation games will
hinder the progressive transformation of the country... At
present, all efforts have been concentrated in attaining
national consensus," Khanal said.
Khanal said his government has intensified discussions
with major political parties in an attempt to achieve a timely
"There is no alternative to forge unity and consensus
among the major political parties for timely drafting of the
constitution and concluding the pace process," he said.
Nepal is in the middle of a prolonged political
deadlock that has prevented the exercise of cabinet expansion
as coalition allies, including UCPN-Maoist, CPN-UML and
Madhesi Peoples Rights Forum, have failed to strike a power
sharing deal despite several rounds of negotiations over the
last two months.
"The government has focused its whole attention
towards attaining the twin objectives of completing the peace
process and to draft the constitution within the stipulated
time frame," Khanal said.