Nepal PM seeks int`l communities` support, meets envoys

Nepalese PM Baburam Bhattarai met around 2 dozen foreign envoys and justified his controversial move to hold fresh election to Constituent Assembly.

Updated: Jun 11, 2012, 20:49 PM IST

Kathmandu: In an attempt to garner support from the international community, Nepalese Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai on Monday met around two dozen foreign envoys and justified his controversial move to hold fresh election to the Constituent Assembly.

"The talks with major political parties regarding the contentious issues of drafting the constitution collapsed as the opposition parties including Nepali Congress and CPN-UML didn`t favour the idea of drafting the statute with the provision of ethnic-identity based federalism," Bhattarai said.

Justifying his move for fresh elections on November 22, Bhattarai claimed that "there was no other option than going for fresh elections after the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly without drafting the new constitution within the stipulated time frame."

He, however, assured that the "government is ready to forge consensus among all the political parties before going to the fresh election."

"The government is ready to shoulder the responsibility of creating conducive environment for the national consensus on all major issues", he told the foreign envoys and representatives of donor agencies.

However, the alliance of 22 political parties are asking Bhattarai to quit the top post and pave way for formation of a national government on the basis of consensus before going to the polls.

Fresh elections to the Constituent Assembly in Nepal were announced by Bhattarai, to be held in November this year, as the Constituent assembly failed to draft the constitution within the May 27 deadline.

The opposition parties including the Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML have termed Bhattarai`s announcement of the election as "unconstitutional and undemocratic" as they were not consulted before making such an important decision.

They also reject the announcement of the election date without amending the Interim Constitution which has no provision for new election.

Bhattarai`s call comes at a time when the opposition parties have during a massive public rally in Kathmandu announced that they would boycott the election under Bhattarai government terming it as "illegitimate and aimed at capturing state authority" and "to impose totalitarian rule".

Meanwhile meeting with cadres of the UCPN (Maoist) at the Prime Minister`s official residence in Baluwatar today, the Bhattarai said that the government was committed to implementing the projects related to economic development and prosperity despite the fluid political situation in the country.

He said that there will be no dearth of resources to the plans of national glory declared by the government, and clarified that the government has focused its attention to complete the projects of the national importance.

Pointing out that the Investment Board was formed for the development of the country, the Prime Minister said that efforts have been made to attract national and international investment on the projects.

He said that the Investment Board has been directed to give continuity to the works of attracting national and international investments.