Will honour past Deal, PM assures OliPrime Minister Sushil Koirala has assured CPN-UML Chairman KP Oli that he would move forward as per the past agreement among the major parties when the met on Wednesday
Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has assured CPN-UML Chairman KP Oli that he would move forward as per the past agreement among the major parties when the met on Wednesday, a day before the deadline to pick a consensus candidate to lead the new government expires.
PM’s Press Coordinator Prakash Adhikari said the two leaders discussed the formation of new government and amendment to new constitution, without divulging details.
But PM’s assurance came after Oli reminded him of the ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ that the UML had reached with the Nepali Congress before electing him as prime minister in February last year, according to aides of the UML chief.
During the 45-minute one-on-one meeting at the PM’s residence in Buluwatar, the UML chairman told PM Koirala that the major parties have no other alternatives but to be the part of consensus government to implement the new constitution, rebuild quake-ravaged structures and overcome possible crisis.
“Mistrust are widening regarding your role in forming the government. We have supported you to lead the government so far. Now, it’s your turn to reciprocate,” party Gyawali quoted the UML chief Chairman Oli as telling PM Koirala.
The PM then tried to convince the UML chief, saying, “Don’t be skeptic. I don’t intent to hold on to the position or stop you from holding the position.”
Before signing the 16-point agreement in June, UML leaders claim, the major parties had informally re-endorsed to handover the government leadership to the second largest party in Parliament after the promulgation of the new constitution.
A section of NC leaders are, however, reluctant to let the UML chief take the reins of the consensus government, saying that they are unaware of such agreement among the parties in the past.