KATHMANDU, Dec 25: Senior leader of Janata Samajwadi Party, Ashok Rai, who was attending a meeting at the residence of CPN-UML Chairman KP Oli at Balkot for discussion with leaders of the various political parties to form a new government, has left the meeting.
After attending the joint meeting of the top leaders of CPN-UML, Maoist Center, Rastriya Swatantra Party, JSP leader Rai told reporters that his party should first discuss this issue within the party as they are yet to choose the parliamentary party leader.
Earlier this morning, Maosit Centre Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal was in conversation with Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba for the formation of a new government. Later, the ruling parties failed to reach an agreement, Dahal went to UML Chairman KP Oli's residence at Balkot. After the Nepali Congress and the Maoists could not agree on who should lead the new government, the Maoists started negotiations with the second largest party, the CPN-UML and other fringe parties. It is said that the leaders are currently discussing distribution of seats and important posts. Chairman of CPN (Maoist Center), Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Vice Chairman Narayan Kaji Shrestha, UML General Secretary Shankar Pokharel along with Chairman KP Oli and Rastriya Swatantra Party Chairman Rabi Lamichhane and General Secretary Mukul Dhakal of Rastriya Swatantra Party are discussing the power sharing deal.
President Bidya Devi Bhandari has given a deadline of 5 PM today and has invited the political parties to claim the leadership of the government with majority in parliament. So the parties are rushing for every possibility.