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If Nepali Congress remains adamant for PM position, we will walk out: Nepal’s Maoist Centre Gen Sec

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Kathmandu: Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre’s) General Secretary Dev Gurung threatened Nepali Congress that they will “walk out” from the coalition if the latter remained adamant on their demand to hold both positions of the president and prime minister.
“If the Congress is adamant on their demand of holding the position of President and PM then there’s no need for a coalition. We would simply walk out from it,” Gurung told ANI over the phone on Sunday. “This same statement was made in Saturday’s meeting and is also conveyed today. We have come to the conclusion in the meeting to walk out of the coalition in case the same instance is repeated. Still, the final decision would be made by the party chairman in the meeting,” he added.
Both the parties, Nepali Congress President and Nepal’s caretaker PM Sher Bahadur Deuba and Maoist Center Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal- Prachanda held a separate meeting ahead of the coalition meeting, which is in progress.
Leaders of four political parties onboard Nepal’s caretaker government are holding discussions today to come to an agreement as the deadline to form a new government ends with the day.
Notably, the discussion is going on at the Prime Minister’s residence in Baluwatar to break the ice and seal an agreement on who will lead the government first.

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Multiple rounds of the meeting held since Friday have failed to bring leaders to an agreement.
Before reaching Baluwatar, the Maoist leader held discussions with his party leaders at his residence in Khumaltar. Meanwhile, Deuba also held various rounds of discussions with the senior members of the party before sitting on for a meeting with Prachanda.
Both leaders are at loggerheads over the Prime Ministership. Meanwhile, Nepali Congress leadership is under pressure to not leave the prime ministerial position to the Maoists.
The parties could not forge consensus on government formation as major parties – Nepal Congress (NC) and Maoist Center – remained adamant about their respective positions on the prime ministership, a leader, who attended the meeting said.
“We will reach a decision today,” NC leader Gyanendra Karki said, adding, “The coalition partners will form the government.”
Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda has been insisting that he should lead the government while Nepali Congress has been adamant about its position of leading the government as the largest party.
The political drama is running high in Kathmandu as the deadline given by President Bidya Devi Bhandari to the parties to recommend a name for the Prime Minister within 7 days ends Sunday at 5 PM (local time).
President Bhandari has asked the parties to agree on a consensus prime ministerial candidate as per Article 76(2) of the Constitution.
After the Election Commission published the final result of the House of Representatives election, President Bhandari called the parties for government formation.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by HW News staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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