Nepali Congress may support Khanal-led govt: Top leader

Nepali Congress said that it may support the new Communist-led government amid the power sharing row with its main ally Maoists.

Updated: Feb 11, 2011, 19:24 PM IST

Kathmandu: Nepali Congress, the main
opposition party in Nepal, on Friday said that it may support the
new Communist-led government amid the power sharing row with
its main ally Maoists, who have refused to join the
government.

Nepali Congress said it may hold up the government in
case the Maoists backtracked from its decision to support the
government led by the new Nepal Prime Minister Jhalanath
Khanal.

Bhishma Raj, the central committee member of Nepali
Congress, said his party will play the role of a responsible
party by saving the Khanal-led government from being toppled.

"The Nepali Congress will take an appropriate decision
for peace and constitution building by playing the role of a
responsible party by remaining in the opposition, he said in
the capital today.

60-year-old Khanal was elected the prime minister by
the Constituent Assembly after 17 rounds of election last
week.

However, the two main allies - CPN-UML and the Maoists
- have failed to arrive at an understanding over the
distribution of portfolios. UCPN-Maoist, the largest party in
the House is demanding important portfolios, including the
home ministry.

The Maoists have decided not to join the cabinet as
their demand for the important home ministry portfolio was not
fulfilled.

Raj said the "secret" pact between Prachanda and
Khanal would lead to the betrayal of the country rather than
resolving the current political impasse.

Meanwhile, Maoist General Secretary CP Gajurel said
today that his party would not join the government unless the
Prime minister guarantees to implement the seven-point deal.

He said the foundation of the present government
will collapse if the pact is not implemented in letter and
spirit.