Saturday, June 21, 2008

Sahana Pradhan proposed by CPN Maoist for President and not by CP UML

Speaking at the Reporters' Club Saturday, senior Maoist leader Mohan Baidya 'Kiran' said his party has not confirmed support for UML's candidate for the post of president.

He said two names – Madhav Kumar Nepal and Sahana Pradhan – were floated during the discussion and the two parties have not finalised who would be the president. However, Baidya said they are ‘closer’ on a deal on power sharing.

Claiming that national sovereignty is at stake due to continued political turmoil, Baidya reiterated his party's stand not to act on foreigners' interests.

However, speaking at the same programme, UML leader Bam Dev Gautam said they have finalised the deal to elect former UML general secretary Nepal as the first president of the republic of Nepal.

Gautam questioned Sahana's candidature saying she has not been proposed by UML but by the Maoist leaders.

Madhesi Janadhikar Forum chairman Upendra Yadav, who had been saying his party would not join the new government, hinted at revising the decision. He urged Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala to immediately resign from the post and pave way to end the current political deadlock

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