Prachanda prepared for govt leadership change
Kathmandu: A day after the UCPN-Maoist split, Maoist chief Prachanda appeared flexible and accommodative to the demand for leadership change in the government to find a way out of the present political stalemate.
Addressing the first high-level meeting of the major political parties after the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly on May 27, Prachanda called on other political parties to reach a consensus to resolve the ongoing political crisis.
He assured them that his party was prepared to change government leadership if consensus could be forged among the political parties, Nepali Congress sources said after the meeting.
However, no concrete agreement was reached during the brief meeting among the top leaders of UCPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and the Joint Madhesi Front, sources said.
The top leaders of the four major parties have also agreed to sit for another round of talks in an attempt to find a solution to the current problem on the basis of consensus.
"We asked the Maoists step down from the premiership before reaching any agreement," Nepali Congress vice-chairman Ramchandra Poudyal, who was also present in the meeting, said.
We want the Maoists to fully implement the five-point agreement reached among the major political parties few months ago, he said.
As per the five-point agreement, the Maoists should hand over premiership to Nepali Congress before promulgating the constitution on May 27.
Apart from Prachanda, Nepali Congress president Sushil Koirala, vice-president Ramchandra Poudyal, CPN-UML chairman Jhala Nath Khanal and president of Madhesi Peoples Rights Forum ?Democratic Bijaya Gachhadar were present in the meeting held at the Nepali Congress office at Sanepa this morning.
The Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and two dozen other political parties have been pressurising Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai to step down to pave way for form a national consensus government.
The opposition parties have termed Bhattarai`s move to hold fresh election of the Constituent Assembly on November 22 as undemocratic and unconstitutional.
The Maoist party leadership is appearing flexible after the party split on Monday.
Hardliner Mohan Vaidya "Kiran" had on Monday organised a press conference where he officially launched Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist, after dissociating from the parent-party Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M).