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Last Updated: Mon, 19.11.12 14:15

President Yadav gives Nov 22 deadline to parties to reach deal

President Ram Baran Yadav Monday officially set November 22 deadline to the parties to arrive at a political consensus on major issues such as the budget, government formation and new election.

President Ram Baran Yadav
President Ram Baran Yadav
(File Photo)

President Yadav gave the timeline during a joint discussion with the top leaders of major parties at his office, Shital Niwas, in the morning. Deputy Prime Minister and chairman of Madhesi Janadhilkar Forum (Loktantrik), Bijay Kumar Gachchhadar, told reporters after the meeting that the President asked the parties to reach consensus on all key issues by November 22.

According to him, leaders of all the parties said they were ready for a new government on the basis of consensus, but claimed the leadership of such a government their respective party. The President is known to have told the leaders that he would formally call on all parties to form a government of national consensus with a timeline in accordance with the provision of the Interim Constitution if they failed to reach consensus by Nov 22.

Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, UCPN (Maoist) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Nepali Congress president Sushil Koirala and UML chairman Jhala Nath Khanal were among those present in the meeting.

The President, who a day earlier urged Prime Minister Bhattarai to put off the budget ordinance for a day, is learnt to have told top leaders that the nation would plunge into political vacuum after Thursday.

He has withheld all ordinances forwarded by the government ever since the CA was dissolved in May.

While the opposition has been urging him not to accept a budget ordinance that is brought without political consensus, parties in power say doing so will push the country towards an economic crisis.

Article 88 of the Interim Constitution states that an ordinance can only be promulgated if the President has no reservations to give it his seal of approval. nepalnews.com