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Bhattarai refuses to step down till fresh elections

india Updated: Jun 26, 2012 11:48 IST
Utpal Parashar

Nepal’s caretaker Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai refused to step down from office on Monday till fresh elections to elect a new parliament is held.

Talking to journalists at Tribhuwan International Airport on his return from the Rio+20 Summit, Bhattarai said that he would not resign till elections are held and a new government takes charge.

“I will hand over reigns of government to the next prime minister elected through parliament,” he stressed while reiterating the government’s commitment to hold fresh elections in November.

Nepal is facing a constitutional and political crisis following dissolution of the Constituent Assembly (that doubled as parliament) last month for failing to promulgate a new constitution on time.

Blaming Bhattarai for announcement of fresh elections, opposition parties are demanding his removal and formation of a national unity government through consensus as the only way to resolve the deadlock.

“Prime minister’s responsibility is not like a child’s toy that will be given up due to childlike insistence. The interim constitution specifies that this government will exist till fresh elections,” Bhattarai said.

Major opposition parties like Nepali Congress and Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist) have refused to take part in the next elections till Bhattarai steps down.