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Nepali Congress stakes claim to form govt

Kathmandu, Nov. 28 (PTI): The Nepali Congress, which emerged as the largest party in the Constituent Assembly polls, today staked claim to form Nepal’s new government but said it was open to working with the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist-Leninist (CPN-UML) to draft a Constitution.

After the Nepali Congress (NC) topped both the direct and proportionate voting systems, its President Sushil Koirala said it is natural that his party should lead the government. He, however, told a private television channel that NC will seek collaboration with the CPN-UML, the second largest party, and other parties to draft the Constitution.

“Constitution drafting is the most important task before us and we need to collaborate with other parties including the CPN-UML,” Koirala said. The NC chief said he will try to forge consensus among parties to form the new government. “If consensus is not possible a majority government will be formed with the support of other parties,” he said.

However, the issue of power-sharing figured when CPN-UML chairman Jhala Nath Khanal met Koirala at his residence this evening and discussed the formation of the government.

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