Koirala Can Do Things

CA member and Nepali Congress leader Ananda Prasad Dhungana

Feb. 16, 2014, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol: 07 No. -16 Feb. 14- 2014 (Falgun 02, 2070)

Even before for the formation of the complete government, there are speculations that this government will not last long. How do you look at this?

As this government is formed as per the mandate of the elections, there is no reason to speculate about the future of the government. This government will be there till the promulgation of the new constitution.

How do you say that this government will last till that time given the growing dissention within the parties?

Prime Minister Sushil Koirala is one of the cream and honest leaders of Nepal. As a person who sacrificed his entire life for the cause of democracy, our party president Koirala has only one mission: to promulgate a new democratic constitution. Given his commitments towards democracy, no one can stop him from doing so. So far as the internal dissension is concerned, it is natural to see some kind of differences of opinion in a democratic party.

The recent agreement signed between Nepali Congress and CPN-UML seems to have ignored the main opposition UCPN-Maoist and other opposition parties in power sharing in the committees of Constituent Assembly and Legislature Parliament. How do you look at this?

The agreement is not directed against any party. For the last several years, UCPN-Maoist has also been our partner. There is no question to undermine the opposition as we need their support to promulgate the new constitution in one year. We will adjust all the parties represented in the CA during the constitution making. As the oldest democratic party, Nepali Congress has a historical role to fulfill, that is, to promulgate the new constitution through the CA. For this, we need support of all 30 political parties of the CA.

When will the new constitution be promulgated?

As per the seven-point agreement between Nepali Congress and CPN-UML, we are committed to promulgate the new constitution within a year. We have also promised this to the people during the elections. As per our agreement, Nepali Congress and CPN-UML will work together to fulfill the promises.

As there is always simmering of voices within Nepali Congress and CPN-UML about the formation of cabinet, how will new prime minister Koirala adjust them?

Prime Minister Sushil Koirala is a man of sacrifice and commitment. In his entire political career, he always tried to adjust and accommodate different voices in the party. Koirala can do so even this time.

Nepali Congress has got the prime ministership almost after five years. How do you look at this?

As a democratic party, we don’t feel any difference in being on the opposition or the ruling benches. We are always committed to democratic principles.

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