HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Unified CPN-Maoist spokesperson Dinanath Sharma today said his party wouldn’t quit the agenda of election of new President, in the parliament.
Speaking at a regular press briefing here today, Sharma said his party had not quit the issue of electing a new President to respect the people’s new verdict. He also said his party would strongly raise the issue as soon as the Constituent Assembly rules were endorsed.
It should be noted that while bargaining with NC on government positions, the CPN-UML had agreed to hold fresh presidential election after the new constitution was drafted.
Since then, the issue of presidential election has been sidelined.
As the two major parties hold a major chunk of total votes in the legislature-parliament, the stance of the third largest party UCPN-M will not be counted as holding significance.
Sharma added that his party would also continue demanding formation of a constitutional probe committee to investigate allegations of rigging in elections.
He further said his party would also launch a struggle against the government’s recent decision to hike prices of petroleum products, which would ultimately raise the prices of all commodities.
Sharma, however, said the promises made by parties that are now in the opposition in their manifestoes, did not hold significance in the present context.
UCPN-M had promised to hold local elections within six months in its election manifesto. But recently, Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, jointly with the Chairman of CPN-M Mohan Baidhya, warned of strong protest if the government held local elections before drafting a new constitution.
Sharma said UCPN-M would have to fulfil its election promises if it was in government, but that was not the case.