Nepali Congress not in hurry to lead govt: Sujata
Kathmandu: Nepal`s Deputy Prime Minister
Sujata Koirala on Tuesday said her party Nepali Congress is in no
hurry to lead a new government amid reports that it was
planning to form a coalition after the embattled prime
minister steps down as part of a last-minute deal last month.
I am not in a position to form a government that will
be short lived and is incapable of completing the peace
process as well as drafting the new constitution, Koirala
Koirala, who is also the Foreign Minister, said her
party is in no hurry to lead the new government. The Nepali
Congress should focus on strengthening the party organisation
at the local and district levels and keep the organisation
intact before aiming to head the government.
Without ensuring the tasks of completing the peace
process and drafting the constitution there is no meaning in
forming a new government headed by the Nepali Congress, she
The foreign minister said for the Nepali Congress it
is more important to draft a democratic constitution and to
resolve the current deadlock than heading a government.
She said the incumbent Prime Minister should be
allowed to continue for the time being and the Maoists should
cooperate to endorse the budget for the next fiscal year when
the government tables it next month.
Koirala, who is also the central committee member of
the ruling Nepali Congress, said the party will now focus on
its general convention scheduled to take place in August-end
rather than running after power.
Koirala’s remarks comes amid reports that some leaders
in the largest party in the ruling coalition has put forward
the party`s claim to lead a government amid a standoff over
power sharing in Nepal.
The political parties are deadlocked over a deal
wherby Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal had agreed to step
down as demanded by opposition Maoists after it agreed to
support the extension of the term of the Constituent Assembly
by one year on May 28.
Main opposition CPN-Maoist, the single largest party
with nearly 40 per cent of the parliamentary seats, has
claimed to lead a national coalition to rescue the peace
process and frame a new constitution.
Reports have suggested that former premier and senior
Nepali Congress leader Sher Bahadur Deuba and Parliamentary
Party leader Ramchandra Paudyal are in the race for the top
post after the prime minister expressed willingness to step
down once a consensus is reached among the major parties to
form a new government and complete the peace process.
Amid growing speculation over a power struggle in the
Nepali Congress, Koirala said she had no problem with whoever
becomes the prime minister.
"There is no controversy over prime ministerial
candidate in the party," said Koirala. "I have no problem with
whoever becomes the prime minister. But the thing is that the
leadership should be successful," she was quoted as saying in
the media today.
Koirala said Nepali Congress will have to play an
important role in taking the peace process to its logical
conclusion and to draft a democratic constitution.
She asked all political parties including the Maoists
to move forward by forging cooperation, collaboration and
unity to solve the national problems.
The Maoists should cooperate in managing the
combatants (integration into the security forces), returning
the seized property and dissolving the paramilitary
organisation of the Young Communist League before forming a
new government, she said.
The ruling 22-party coalition is deadlocked over power
sharing with the main opposition Maoists since the
Prachanda-led government resigned last May following a dispute
with President Ram Baran Yadav over the sacking of former army
chief Rukmangad Katawal.
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