No secret deal with Maoists: Madhav Kumar
Last Updated: Tuesday, September 28, 2010, 22:32
Kathmandu: Nepal Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal on Tuesday rubbished reports that his party CPN-UML had reached a secret deal with the Maoists before Prachanda stepped aside from the prime ministerial race.

At a meeting of the leaders of 10 ruling parties today, the caretaker prime minister said there was no deal with the Maoists, but only an understanding that Prachanda's withdrawal would facilitate formation of a consensus government.

"There was no agreement signed between the Maoists and the UML than to form a national consensus government after Prachanda quits the race," the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister tried to clear the air over the issue after leaders of the political parties sought a clarification over recent media reports that the two parties might have struck a secret deal on formation of a new government.

Some of the parties also suggested that Nepali Congress leader Ramchandra Poudyal withdraw his candidature for prime minister's post to pave way for forging a?broader political consensus.

It is notable that Nepal's political parties have failed to elect a prime minister even after seven rounds of voting. While Prachanda quit the race, Poudyal has stuck to his position.

The Maoist chief, who met the Prime Minister yesterday assured him that his party was committed to completing the peace process and asked the government to expedite the process of integration and rehabilitation of the Maoist combatants into the Army.

During today's meeting the leaders of the parties also expressed concern that the delay in passing a annual budget would leave the government short of funds, hindering distribution of salaries and benefits to civil servants during the upcoming festivals of Vijaya Dashami and Deepawali.

The delay on government formation has also delayed the passing of the new budget.

They also advised the government to make alternative arrangements to endorse the budget for the current fiscal year by next month.


First Published: Tuesday, September 28, 2010, 22:32

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