Kathmandu: Two days after rejecting election-related ordinances, Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav on Sunday said that the caretaker government headed by Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai cannot conduct the Constituent Assembly polls without national consensus.
The "present government formed on majority basis cannot conduct the Constituent Assembly (CA) election”, President Yadav said speaking at a function in the outskirts of Kathmandu.
"The CA election could be conducted only on national consensus," he said.
The President's remarks came two days after he rejected two ordinances related to holding the CA election, which were forwarded by Prime Minister Bhattarai for endorsement.
President Yadav said that endorsing the ordinance would hold no meaning at a time when the Election Commission has formally announced that it cannot hold the election on November 22.
"The government can only conduct regular Parliamentary Election. CA election is possible only on the basis of consensus," the President pointed out.
He further said that the achievements of the people's movement would be futile if the parties fail to forge consensus.
Hinting towards the UCPN (Maoist) reaction over the refusal to endorse the ordinance, President Yadav said, "The government only has to look after the rules and laws, I have to consider the Constitution as well."
Nepal's Constituent Assembly was dissolved on May 27 without promulgating new Constitution after the major political parties failed to forge consensus on deciding about the type of federal structure to be incorporated in the Constitution.
The country has been dragged to a deeper political crisis since then with opposition parties demanding resignation of the Maoist Prime Minister and the Prime Minister refusing to step down asking the parties to forge consensus on contentious issues of the constitution before he quits.
Meanwhile, CPN-UML senior leader KP Sharma Oli has said that President Yadav can remove Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai from the post.
Talking to reporters at an interaction programme in the capital, Oli said the present government has been reduced to caretaker status after President Yadav sent a letter to this effect to the Prime Minister.
Oli said that he can send another letter again and oust Bhattarai from Baluwatar, the PM's official residence, and from his post.
Oli accused UCPN-Maoist of hatching conspiracy to seize state power and asserted that they will not succeed in their plot.
Meanwhile, UCPN-Maoist has said that the President's refusal to endorse the two election-related ordinances would lead the country to confrontation. The party also warned that it would mobilise the people against the wrong steps taken by the president.
Maoist spokesman Agni Sapkota said that the party would organise mass meetings and rallies to inform people about the President's erroneous steps as the interim Constitution had not granted him any rights to reject ordinances forwarded by the Council of Ministers.
First Published: Sunday, August 19, 2012, 20:15