Monday, August 11, 2008

NC 'offers' govt leadership to UML

With no sign of immediate compromise with the Maoists over power-sharing,the Nepali Congress (NC) has started exploring the possibility of a government minus Maoists.
During the meeting with leaders of CPN (UML) and Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (MJF) held at former UML general secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal's Koteshwor residence Monday morning, Congress vice-president Ram Chandra Poudel proposed a government of the three parties backed by some minor allies, and even offered the government's leadership to UML, sources said.

MJF coordinator Upendra Yadav represented his party at the meeting.Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Nepal said UML was "just not expecting" a government that would exclude the Maoists. He added that keeping the Maoists out of power would be dangerous in the present transitional phase.

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