KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai today said that the Constituent Assembly could not promulgate the constitution because the Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML stood against ethnic identity-based federalism.
Addressing a programme in Jhor VDC on the outskirts of the Capital, PM defended the government announcement to hold elections on November 22. He urged the Congress and the UML to help build a political consensus, saying he is ready to step down as prime minister once he is convinced that the political crisis facing the country will end. Bhattarai said an an alternative ring road can be constructed for the development of outskirts of the Kathmandu Valley.
Responding to locals’ queries, PM Bhattarai said the constitution was not brought because of the vested interests of some political parties. He played down differences within his party, the UCPN-M, terming it all normal. An aide informed that the PM will reach out to people every month to inquire about their concerns.