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Pun rules out CJ-led govt sans political mechanism

  

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Minister for Finance Barshaman Pun.

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"The Chief Justice would not be not ruling. But he would be getting over the obstacles at a time the state is mired in difficulties"

KATHMANDU: UCPN-Maoist leader and Minsiter for Finance Barshaman Pun on Wednesday said that the new election government cannot be formed under the Chief Justice by undermining the role of political parties.

Excluding the political forces, the Chief Justice will not be left alone in the purported government, Pun said, as he cannot deal with the conflict and hold the elections on his own.

Speaking at an interaction organised at the Reporters Club Nepal in Kathmandu, the former Maoist commander argued that a high-level political mechanism should be incorporated into the Interim Constitution such that the roles of political parties would be recognised and an environment for fresh elections would be created after dealing with the political matters.

“A mechanism of the four parties will be formed. Consensus on the Chief Justice's leadership excluding such a mechanism is impossible,” Pun said.

Saying the CJ is set to be entrusted with the government leadership till mid or end of May to hold the Constituent Assembly elections, Minister Pun claimed that the elections are unlikey if the CJ would be be given a long tenure as the head of government.

“The Chief Justice would not be ruling. But he would be getting over the obstacles at a time the state is mired in difficulties,” Pun said.

He maintained that the CJ taking up the responsibility of election government after resigning the top post at Supreme Court is unlikely.

On a different note, the Finance Minister claimed that the economic indicators are satisfactory even though the country is being through the transitional phase and the new fiscal budget has not been tabled.

There would not be shortage of budget to hold the elections as Rs 43 billion is still stashed away in the the state coffers, he said.

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