Despite the Nepali Congress’ assurances that it will be forming the new government, the largest party in the new Constituent assembly has yet to garner consensus on the issue of parliamentary leadership even two months after the elections.
Behind the scenes, the exercise to explore consensus broke down as all the three senior leaders — Party Chief Sushil Koirala, former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and former Deputy Prime Minister Ram Chandra Poudel — staked their claim and were unable to reach a compromise. The party has now constituted a three-member election panel headed by spokesperson Dilendra Prasad Badu that will once again explore forging a consensus, but will conduct elections for the post if the first option does not work out.
The second constituent assembly elected on November 19 will hold its oath-taking session on January 22, but with the government not likely to be formed by then, its formal business may still take a while to begin. No single party has got the absolute majority in the House, with NC, the largest, having just 189 members.