Friday, July 8, 2016

Oli proposes fresh deal on power sharing, urges NC to join govt'

Jul 8, 2016- While calling on the Nepali Congress (NC) to join the government, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has also proposed a fresh power-sharing agreement in a bid to forge national consensus among the major parties. The proposal was made during his meeting with the NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba and CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal.
During the meeting, PM Oli stressed that there was no alternative to national consensus to implement the constitution, expedite post-earthquake reconstruction and lead the country towards economic prosperity.
“There is no alternative to strengthening the incumbent government. The NC should either join the
government or play a constructive role as the main opposition,” Bishnu Rimal, chief political adviser to PM Oli, quoted the prime minister as saying during the meeting.
Thursday’s meeting, however, ended without arriving at any conclusion after Deuba said he would discuss PM Oli’s proposal with his partly leaders. Dahal, who has long been making a pitch for national unity government, appeared convinced about a fresh deal on power sharing.
Earlier this week, the governing CPN-UML had floated an informal proposal of government leadership on rotational basis by three major parties until three elections—local, provincial and federal parliament—are held in the next 18 months.
Oli has proposed to remain in power till the local elections which have been announced for December.
Thursday’s meeting between Oli, Deuba and Dahal followed CPN (Maoist Centre)’s decision to “make maximum efforts” for national consensus.
Maoist Centre’s politburo meeting, which concluded in the Capital on Thursday, has decided to “make maximum efforts” to forge national consensus.
“Our party will continue to make efforts to forge consensus among the major parties for national unity government,” said Mani Thapa, a member of the nine-member headquarters of the Maoist Centre. “If that fails to materialise, we will make a new alignment with the party that we find closer to our agenda.”
Last week, the Maoist Centre had decided to remain open to the possibility of a majority government.
But the Maoist leadership seems to have taken a step back following veiled threats from PM Oli that he would support the NC if he was forced to step down without proving the significance of another majority government. During his meeting with Maoist Centre Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Saturday, Oli had hinted at supporting the NC if the Maoist Centre broke the left coalition.
Sources at the Prime Minister’s Office said Oli had asked Dahal “on what moral grounds the third largest party was trying to break the alliance to replace the incumbent government with a majority government”.   “If you are prepared to break this coalition, I suggest you not to delay the decision. It doesn’t sound good when you say one thing to me and tell something else while speaking with others,” a PMO source quoted Oli as telling Dahal during Saturday’s meeting.
'There is no alternative to strengthening the incumbent government. The NC should either join the government or play a constructive role as the main opposition'
-PM Oli to Deuba and Dahal
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