Monday, May 18, 2009

Barburum Bhattarai says Parties paid money to lawmakers for their support

Finance minister of the caretaker government and Maoist senior leader Babu Ram Bhattarai has accused other political parties of engaging in a nasty horse-trading to accumulate a majority for a new coalition.

Speaking at a function in Gorkha Monday, Bhattarai claimed he had evidence that parties paid hefty amount of money to lawmakers to gain their support to form the government.

"Although I have evidence that huge sums of money changed hands in hotel rooms in exchange of support to the new alliance, I cannot reveal the evidences now as, officially, I am still a minister," Bhattarai said.

Stressing on the need of a government with national consensus, Dr Bhattarai said a government formed without such consensus would not last for more than three months.

Madhav Kumar Nepal is becoming the Prime Minister only to make history, his tenure will not last long, he said.

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