Nepal opposition demands national govt, polls in mid- April
Kathmandu: Major Nepalese opposition party CPN-UML today demanded formation of a national consensus government that will hold fresh elections in mid-April.
During the meeting of the four major political forces organised in Kathmanduon Tuesday, the CPN-UML has floated a seven-point proposal to end the ongoing political stalemate, according to former Prime Minister and senior leader of CPN-UML Madhav Kumar Nepal.
The political parties should first record the agreed points of the new constitution and make efforts to resolve contentious issues of the constitution within 3-5 days for resolving the political crisis, Nepal said elaborating about the seven-point proposal of his party.
Nepal is facing a political and constitutional deadlock after the Constituent Assembly was dissolved in May-end without promulgating the constitution.
"Election is inevitable, either for the Constituent Assembly or for the Parliament, and the appropriate time for the new election is mid-April," Nepal said on the sidelines of a tea reception hosted by the party at its office in Kathmandu.
He, however, underlined the need to form a national consensus government before going for polls.
"The incumbent government led by Maoist vice-chairman Baburam Bhattarai has no authority to hold elections," he pointed out.
"It is only the new government that is entitled to bring the new budget", Nepal said.
The new government should announce the budget, conduct fresh elections and implement the previous agreements reached among the political parties, he said.
The Maoist government is likely to face a funds crunch as the partial budget brought four months ago by Bhattarai government through ordinance is set to conclude in mid-November.
The major opposition parties, Nepali Congress and CPN-UML have been pressurising president Ram Baran Yadav not to endorse the new budget to be presented by the caretaker government.
Nepal also claimed that both ruling alliance members UCP-Maoist and Joint Madhesi Front had reacted positively to the seven-point proposal floated by his party during the joint meeting.
The meeting was attended by UCPN-Maoist chief Prachanda, Nepali Congress president Sushil Koirala, CPN-UML chairman Jhalanath Khanal and Joint Madhesi Front leader Bijaya Gachhadar.