KATHMANDU, June 2: Arguing that the country can not head off the current constitutional crisis until Baburam Bhattarai-led caretaker government continues to remain at helms, Broader Madhesi Front (BMF), a cross-party alliance of former lawmakers from Madhesi parties, has urged President Ram Baran Yadav to take necessary steps to put an end to the existing political uncertainty.
A meeting of BMF on Friday concluded that Bhattarai should step down to pave the way for formation of a national consensus government and if he does not do so, initiatives should be taken to topple the coalition government led by him.
"The president is both head of the state and protector of the interim constitution. So, he must take initiative in line with the constitution to give an outlet to the current political crisis and forging a broader political consensus," said Chairman of Madhesi People´s Rights Forum (MPRF) Upendra Yadav addressing a press conference organized by the alliance in the capital Saturday afternoon.
Yadav threatened to launch protests against the caretaker government terming it as unconstitutional and against political consensus. "We will take to the street to topple the present caretaker government," stated Yadav, adding, "We will expose those who are against identity-based federalism and don´t want Madhesi, indigenous, Muslim, among other communities get their rights."
The BMF criticized the government´s call of CA elections for November 22, saying the announcement reflected PM Bhattarai´s intent of holding onto power.
"The unconstitutional decision has hindered democratic process by ending any prospect for delivery of a new constitution by CA through consensus and cooperation, reads the press statement issued by the Madhesi alliance.
Likewise, the BMF claimed that the dissolution of the CA was preplanned as the three major political parties never wanted to promulgate a new constitution.
Meanwhile, the alliance has decided to relive Ram Rijhan Yadav, the PM´s press adviser, and Prabhu Sah and Ram Kumar Sharma of their memberships in the alliance for “violating code of conduct” by backing the government´s decision to fresh CA elections.