KATHMANDU, Sept 4: Madhesi People’s Rights Forum Nepal (MPRF-N) Chairman Upendra Yadav said Tuesday President Dr Ram Baran Yadav should issue an ultimatum, specifying a time-frame, to political parties for ending the current political and constitutional crisis in the country.
Speaking in a program at Reporters Club Nepal, the MPRF-N chief said it is the duty of the president as the head of state and patron of constitution to take an initiative to prevent the country from becoming a ‘failed’ state.
“Now there should not be further delay. The president should give an ultimatum to the parties for forging consensus. It’s time to move ahead forming a new government,” Yadav said.
He labeled Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai as ‘anti-nationalist’, accusing him of allowing the country to be run by India.’
Referring to PM Bhattarai’s meeting with his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh, without including Nepali delegation in the talks, on the sidelines of the recently concluded NAM summit in Tehran, Yadav charged Bhattarai with betraying the country.
“This act of PM is a betrayal of the Nepali people and a disgrace to the country. The PM should explain to the people in this regard,” Yadav said, adding that the incident has also created a rift between the PM and the foreign minister, who also attended the summit conference.
He also accused UCPN (Maoist) of being anti-federalist and said the formation of UCPN (Maoist)-led Federal Democratic Republican Alliance (FDRA) is just a ploy to prolong the ruling coalition’s stay in power.
“Had the Maoists been real proponenets of federalism, the issue would have got mention in the 12-point pact and interim constitution. But it was the Madhes movement that actually established the agenda,” he argued.
He further alleged that the three major political parties dissolved the Constituent Assembly fearing the advent of federalism in the country and added that the Nepali people will not accept any constitution devoid of federalism, identity and inclusion, among other things.