Bhattarai aide threatens to oust president

The tussle has rendered both the posts “redundant’ and bereft of “legitimacy”,said Mohan Baidhya,Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoists.

Written by Yubaraj Ghimire | Kathmandu | Published: August 26, 2012 1:27:41 am

The political crisis in Nepal deepened Saturday after a top aide to Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai warned that President Ram Baran Yadav must approve each and every ordinance if he wanted to keep the job.

“The President has no option other than approving ordinances,failing which we will launch a movement to oust him,” said Devendra Poudel,political advisor to the Prime Minister. Poudel,a Central Committee member of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoists),holds a Cabinet rank.

Yadav and Bhattarai have been at loggerheads,particularly after the President criticised the Prime Minister for “prolonging his rule through ordinance”.

The tussle has rendered both the posts “redundant’ and bereft of “legitimacy”,said Mohan Baidhya,Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoists. “Only the Army,judiciary and police are legitimate state apparatus. I don’t recognise the legitimacy of the President and the Prime Minister,” he said,and suggested that a round-table conference of all sides should find a way out of the political stalemate.

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