CPN-Maoist formally decides Thapa as party's PM candidate
KATHMANDU, Oct 30: Claiming itself to be the third alternative political force in the country, CPN-Maoist has formally announced the party´s General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa as their candidate for the post of new prime minister.
During a meeting of the party´s central committee at party headquarters in Buddha Nagar on Monday, the party also called on the Baburam Bhattarai-led government to step down without further delay and that political dialogue should be held on the formation of the new government and its leader.
Talking to Republica, the party´s secretary Netra Bikram Chand said Thapa should be given the post of prime minister for four different reasons.
Chand argued that his party should get chance to lead national consensus government by virtue of becoming a progressive force. “Since UML and Maoist leaders have already led the government, there are only NC and CPN-Maoist left to lead the government. Our party´s leadership alone can give out let to the country,” he said.
Chand, likewise, argued that since Thapa belonged to ethnic community, there was a possibility of consensus. “Since he is patriotic person and has been fighting for the cause of people, his leadership will guarantee peace and new statute in the country,” he further said.
Earlier on Monday, party Chairman Mohan Baidya ruled out the possibility of forming a new government under the leadership of Nepali Congress (NC), and instead floated the name of the party´s General Secretary Thapa for the post of next prime minister. He had added that the new government should be led by a republican, federal and nationalist force.
Thapa was the defence minister in the UCPN (Maoist) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal-led government.
Even before the formal split from the UCPN (Maoist) Baidya led faction had formed a front with the fringe leftist parties to develop a third new alternative force under the leadership of party vice-chairman CP Gajurel.
During the CC meeting on Monday, Baidya presented an 84-page long party´s political document. The next meeting will be held on Thursday after the CC members make a thorough study of document that is divided into 13 different parts.