Published on Thursday, 17 June 2010 09:21
A senior CPN-UML leader has revealed that Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal has already made up his mind to tender his resignation, possibly before the government presents its annual budget.
|CPN UML general secretary Ishwor Pokharel speaking at an interaction programme...|
UML General Secretary Ishwor Pokharel said that PM Nepal is not stepping down coming under anybody’s pressure, but to give a way out to the prevailing political deadlock.
Talking at an interaction program held at the Reporters’ Club in the capital on Thursday, Pokharel said that his party is ready to do anything to end the political crisis even if consensus is not reached on crucial matters.
The remark from the UML leader comes at a time when the leaders from both UML and Nepali Congress are publicly saying that PM’s resignation won’t come until the parties reach to an agreement on completing the remaining works of the peace process including constitution drafting and integration of Maoist combatants into the state security force.
Pokharel said that even though PM Nepal will step down before the announcement of the budget, the caretaker government under his leadership will present the annual budget in the parliament.
Informing that both UML and NC have equal chances to form a government under their leadership, he, however, said that there is little possibility of Maoists heading a national consensus government right now.
“The Maoists won’t be able to form a government under their leadership until they express their commitment on timely constitution and establishment of peace in the country,” Pokharel said, further adding that Maoists needs to return the properties they seized during the conflict period, dismantle the paramilitary structure of their youth wing YCL and fix the number of combatants to be integrated into the state security forces. Nepalnews.com