Kathmandu: With fifth round of election
for Prime Minister to take place in Nepal, major political
party Nepali Congress and CPN-UML on Sunday ruled out progress in
ending the current political deadlock, saying "no" government
will be formed tomorrow.
Nepal`s major political parties say that the current
political deadlock will end only after the fifth round of
election for the post of Prime Minister.
There is not much progress in process of ending the
political deadlock as yet, Nepali Congress Vice president and
prime ministerial candidate Ramchandra Poudyal said.
"Progress is likely only after holding the fifth
round of election," he said.
He, however, said that the Nepali Congress will not
withdraw the candidate in the prime ministerial run-off
despite media reports which claims that the party`s general
secretary K B Gurung called for withdrawal of candidacy by the
party to end the deadlock.
Poudyal hinted that tomorrow`s election `will not
yield any result` in electing the Prime Minister and
speculated that there will be progress towards ending the
deadlock after the fifth round of election.
CPN-UML president Jhalanath Khanal also said that
his party has already decided to remain neutral in the Prime
"No government will be formed tomorrow," he said.
After that we will try to build national consensus to
form a new government, he added. After the fifth round of
election we must find out a new way to resolve the political
stalemate, he said.
The UML with its 109 seats in the Parliament has key
role in the formation of the government. The party remained
neutral in all four rounds of Prime Ministerial elections.
Fed up with the political stalemate in Nepal, 22
smaller parties in the Parliament today threatened to launch a
major stir if the three main players fail to elect a new prime
minister tomorrow, accusing them of holding the nation hostage
for their own interests.
As Nepal readies for a fifth round of voting in the
parliament tomorrow, the 22 fringe political parties warned
that they would take to protests both inside and outside the
parliament to exert pressure on the `big 3`.
"We will surround the rostrum, boycott voting in the
parliament and launch other forms of protests to exert
pressure on the big three," Sunil Manandhar, general secretary
of CPN-United, said.
Nepal`s political deadlock has refused to end ever
since Madhav Kumar Nepal stepped down bowing to Maoists`
pressure in June, and the major political players -- the
CPN-Maoists, the CPN-UML and the Nepali Congress -- have
failed to arrive at any common understanding.