KATHMANDU, Nov 29: Leaders from ruling United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) have said that extension of deadline by the president to pick prime ministerial candidate through consensus will not be objectionable to them.
Talking to Republica, senior Vice-chairman of Madhesi People´s Rights Forum-Democratic (MPRF-D) Rameshwor Raya Yadav said that political parties would arrive at consensus, if the president set another deadline. "As peoples are losing trust in political parties, they will forge consensus even as a face saving measure," he added.
Spokesperson of Tarai Madhes Democratic Party (TMDP) Sarvendra Nath Shukla argued that it would be better to extend deadline to nominate prime ministerial candidate through consensus as parties are close to agreement.
´Political developments are seen positive in last six days as UCPN (Maoist) is now ready to accept government-led by others too; this is a break in itself because the Maoist party was not ready to think about a government other than the one led by Baburam Bhattarai," he stated.
When asked about their stance on leadership of next government, Shukla said they would extend support to a party that could take other parties into confidence. "We are not going to hinder consensus," he stated, adding, "If Nepali Congress (NC) is going to lead next government, it should take especially UCPN (Maoist) into confidence and if the Maoist party wants to lead the government it should do the same with the NC."
However, Vice-chairman of Sadbhawana Party Laxman Lal Karna argued that their support to a particular party would be based on Madhesi issues. "The Madhesi alliance will extend its support to the party which is ready to address Madhesi issues," he added.
General Secretary of TMDP-Nepal Dan Bahadur Chaudhari maintained that UDMF should be given the chance to lead the next government. "Major three parties are stuck with their own stance. So, they should be ready to accept Madhesi leadership," Chaudhari argued.
When asked if UDMF could be able to pick a prime ministerial candidate that would have the backing of other parties, Yadav claimed, "There will not be any dispute in this regard." He also argued that Madhesi leadership will be able to give passage to the current political deadlock at a time when major three parties have failed to do so.