“Situation has changed completely. It is not possible to handover government to Nepali Congress as per our previous deal. Had parties succeeded in drafting the constitution as per the past deal we would have readily accepted NC leadership in the election government,” told Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal of Unified Maoists pointblank to beleaguered President of Nepali Congress Sushil Koirala.
Koirala must have felt uneasy.
Dahal had met with Koirala at the latter’s’ private residence in Maharajgunj, Kathmandu, October 5, 2012.
Dahal also claimed, according to party spokesperson Agni Sapkota, that Nepali Congress should no long claim its leadership over election government referring to past agreements.
“Both the parties are highly worried over the present political situation,” Dahal told reporters and added, “We are quite positive to exhibit further flexibility to reach a deal by the end of month of Asoj.”
To recall, the Unified Maoists Party standing committee member Giriraj Mani Pokharel talking to Nagarik National daily October 4, 2012, had revealed that his party leadership has freshly come to conclusion that party vice chairman Baburam will tender his resignation as the country’s prime minister only if opposition parties accept formation of a national unity government under the leadership of party Chairman Pushpa Kamal ‘Prachanda’.
“We had unanimously accepted Girija Prasad Koirala’s leadership in the past as he was one of the signatories of the broader peace agreement. Chairman Pushpa Kamal as another signatory of the agreement is the appropriate candidate to lead the national unity government,” he had also declared.
NC dream over. Sleepless night begins.