Former Prime Minister and Chairman of the Janata Samajbadi Party’s Federal Council, Baburam Bhattarai, has reiterated the importance of forming a national government without former prime ministers.
On Twitter on Sunday, Bhattarai stated that he met with Prime Minister KP Oli and suggested that a national government led by someone other than a former prime minister be formed.
Last week, Bhattarai also stated his position. However, CPN-UML leader Mahesh Basnet claimed that Bhattarai met with Prime Minister Oli and expressed his willingness to become the national government’s prime minister.
Bhattarai clarified in a tweet on Sunday, saying, “Since the prime minister spoke through his envoy, I need to clarify the issue.” Yes, I met Prime Minister Oli during a period of national crisis. I met him in my capacity as a PM, not as a person.”
During the meeting, Bhattarai suggested that PM Oli form a national government led by someone who is not a former prime minister.
“I told him to form such a national government. I then floated the issue with other leaders after PM Oli refused to do so. We have still time to form a national government in accordance with Article 76 (5). Let’s think over it,” Bhattarai has said.
The President is required by Article 76 (5) of the Constitution to appoint a member of the House of Representatives as Prime Minister if he or she provides a basis for a vote of confidence.