KATHMANDU, Jan 5: The process to form a new government would start soon after resolving a few technical hurdles, CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal said on Thursday as he reiterated his commitment to stick to the left alliance.
Talking to media persons at Bharatpur Airport in Chitwan, Dahal said that the ongoing stalemate over unification between the CPN-UML and Maoist Center and the formation of new government would end within a few days.
Dahal's remarks have come at a time when many fear that the never-ending political bickering could cause further delay in formation of the new government. Though a month has passed since the conclusion of the federal parliament and provincial assembly elections, it is still unclear when the new government will come into power.
Dahal said that bad health of UML Chair KP Sharma Oli and his busy scheduled were the primary reasons behind the delay in the government formation.
"The endorsement of the National Assembly Bill has paved way for formation of the new government. Now the process will move ahead smoothly," said Dahal.
Dahal, who lost his son Prakash Dahal on November 19, will remain in Chitwan for a few days.
He also asked the public not to doubt his commitment to the unification process with UML.
"Let there be no doubt on unification. The unification will go as planned based on the agreement reached between the two parties," said Dahal.
Though he did not go into details, Dahal said he would jointly lead the merged political parties with Oli.
“Leaders from both parties have endorsed me and Oli ji as the joint leaders. So I don't think leadership is a problem," said Dahal, adding that the accommodation of other leaders remain a big challenge.
On a different note, Dahal, who earlier in the day had met Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, also urged the media not to blow up the issue of temporary provincial capitals out of proportion, adding that it could be changed by the provincial government as per the need.
"I am confident that other outstanding issues will also be resolved soon. Parties should move ahead based on consensus," said Dahal.