- [The unfolding saga of cabinet formation in the coming
days promises to be interesting.
The CPN(M) has captured just short of 40% seats of the
575 seats of the Constituent Assembly for which
elections have been held through two modes. It would
be difficult, rather impossible, for the Nepali
Congress to deprive them of the post of the Prime
Minister. But then, it is pretty unlikely that the
CPN(M) will be able to acquire as dominant a position
in the new cabinet as the Nepali Congress had been in
the present one.
The Madhesi Janadhikar Forum, the fourth largest
party, will occupy a very crucial position given the
arithmetic of the newly elected CA. They are likely to
enjoy much greater leverage, despite the distinct
possibility of all the major parties joining hands
against their demands for an autonomous Terai region,
by virtue of their balancing role. Somewhat on the
lines of the Left in the present Indian parliament.
While the going is bound to be tension-ridden, the
seemingly abiding compulsion to work out a consensual
approach is likely to work as an insurance against
break out of large scale violence.
In any case, Nepal would remain fairly vulnerable to
international pressures unless of course it makes a
determined move towards the Pol Potist model with
First sitting of CA to declare republic: PM
Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala has said it would
be good for all to declare Nepal a republican state
from the first sitting of the constituent assembly as
per the provision in the interim constitution.
In a statement issued on Monday, PM Koirala said the
results of the polls have mandated the parties to work
in cooperation for better future of Nepal.
He asked the parties for renewed efforts for formation
of new coalition government to cope with the upcoming
Koirala further said government is ready to call the
first sitting of the CA within the day prescribed in
the constitution and urged the UML ministers to
withdraw their resignation until the new government is
It is learnt he has written to UML acting general
secretary Amrit Kumar Bohara to review the decision of
his party to ask the UML ministers to resign from
He urged all to shoulder responsibilities at this
critical situation of political transition in Nepal.
He has expressed his belief that federal democratic
republic is the only system that can help Nepal
prosper. nepalnews.com ia Apr 28 08
Maoists have right to lead next govt: MJF chief
Coordinator of Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (MJF) Upendra
Yadav has said that the CPN (Maoist), as the largest
party in the Constituent Assembly, has the right to
form new government under its leadership.
"The Maoists have the right to head the government,
but they should take other parties, which have got
people's mandate, into confidence," Yadav said
speaking at the Reporters Club on Monday.
Emphasising that there should be a consensus
government as the Maoists didn't get majority in the
election, the MJF chief also urged the Maoists to act
democratically in order to get support in forming the
Yadav, whose party has become the forth largest party
after the CA polls, also suggested Prime Minister
Girija Prasad Koirala to step down and pave the way
for a new coalition government. Clinging onto the PM's
post, Yadav said, would be moral decadence on the part
of Prime Minister Koirala.
The MJF chief also made it clear that his party would
not compromise on its demand for 'autonomous Terai
province', and that the party's support to would-be
main ruling party, in forming new government, would
depend on how much support this agenda gets.
nepalnews.com mk Apr 28 08
No alternative to leadership of next govt: Prachanda
Maoist chairman Prachanda has said that there is no
alternative to leadership of the next government since
the people have already given Maoists the mandate by
making them the largest party.
Speaking at its central committee meeting, Monday,
Prachanda said that his party will lead the next
government but all decisions will be taken based on
According to participants at the meeting, Prachanda
said that while he is ready for talks on this issue,
he is not ready to give up the leadership position in
the next government.
He clarified that though they did not have majority,
they had the mandate to lead the government being the
Prachanda said that the Maoists would explore
possibilities of cooperation with new parties that
have emerged from the election. nepalnews.com sd Apr
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