Prerana Marasini

KATHMANDU: Senior leader of the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist) Madhav Kumar Nepal will be sworn in on Sunday as republican Nepal’s second Prime Minister. President Ram Baran Yadav will administer the oath of office and secrecy to Mr. Nepal who became Prime Minister unopposed on Saturday.

CPN-UML secretary Shankar Pokharel said a task force had been formed to finalise power sharing. He also said the task force would consider the Common Minimum Programme for the process. Among others, the Nepali Congress and the Madhesi Janadhikar Forum will take part in the government.

Meanwhile, Mr. Nepal visited the people injured in Saturday’s blast in a church in which one Indian national died. Mr. Nepal said the attack was targeted at disturbing the religious harmony.

He urged all to maintain religious solidarity, adding that the government would investigate the incident.

Mistake

The former Prime Minister, Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda”, said on Sunday his party made a mistake by making Mr. Nepal a member of the Constituent Assembly. At a programme here he said, “I thought I had planted ambrosia, but it seems it has become a poisonous tree.” He said he was the one who wrote a letter to the CPN-UML to make Mr. Nepal the chairman of the Constitutional Committee for which Mr. Nepal had been sworn in as CA member.

Another leader Baburam Bhattarai likened the new government as being run by a conductor of a bus, throwing out its driver, referring to Maoists as the driver and the UML, their ally in the previous government, as the conductor.