DEC 13, KATHMANDU. President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav has once again extended the deadline for the fourth time today to forge political consensus for the formation of a national consensus government.
Issuing a press release, the Office of the President informed that the deadline was extended till December 17.
According to the Office of the President, the deadline was extended for the fourth time following the meeting held at the Presidential Palace at Sheetal Niwas among top leaders of the UCPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF).
Earlier, the President on November 23 had called on the political leaders for the formation of a national consensus government for the first time.
President Dr. Yadav has frequently made announcements for the formation of a national consensus government by extending deadline for the second time on November 29 and for the third time December 7 after consensus was not forged among political parties during the deadline.
The deadline was again extended after consensus was not forged among political parties during the deadline that ended on December 12.
Solution of the political crisis, which has been deepened after the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly on May 27, has not been found yet but political parties are in the line of going for fresh elections.
Ruling coalition parties have been saying that the incumbent government should be given the form of a national consensus government as well as have taken stance that solution should be found out in a package on the content of the constitution, whereas, NC, CPN-UML, among other parties, are on the stance that exit of this government was necessary for the formation of a national consensus government.
NC has presented its president Sushil Koirala as a candidate of the prime minister and other opposition parties have agreed to his name.
After today’s meeting, political leaders said that they will forge consensus during the deadline.
Saying President Dr. Yadav was concerned about forging consensus sooner, the leaders said there was no alternative to consensus. Chairman of the CPN-UML, Jhalanath Khanal, said maximum efforts would be made for consensus within the five days and added the President was concerned that consensus should be forged sooner.
Similarly, NC President Koirala said all should think with broad mind to resolve the problems surfaced in the nation.
Coordinator of the UDMF, Bijay Kumar Gachchhadar said consensus would be forged in a package and initiatives are underway for the formation of a national consensus government within the deadline. RSS