NC president Deuba said he is not eager to become PM

File Photo Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba addressing a seminar on "Non-Violence and Peace: Today's Context" on the occasion of the 99th anniversary of Mahendra Narayan Nidhi organized by the Mahendra Narayan Nidhi Memorial Foundation on February 24. Photo Courtesy: Rastriya Samachar Samiti

Kathmandu: Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba has claimed that he is not eager to become the Prime Minister now.

Addressing a national gathering of the party’s youth wing in Chitwan, Deuba said, “Everyone is saying why Sher Bahadur Deuba did not become the prime minister, but I am not eager to become the prime minister. If it comes to my head, I will not run away.”

He said it would be more appropriate to focus on election preparations than on leading the government.

Stating that the KP Sharma Oli-led government will remain in the majority until the Prachanda-led Maoist center withdraws its support, he said there was no need to be eager to join the government.

“The Supreme Court’s decision has returned the Maoist center and the UML to their old ways. Prachandaji has not withdrawn his support. Madhavji does not even know how to move forward,” he said. “Let’s see how they move forward.”

He urged the party leaders and cadres to form a party rather than a government.

Stating that the time for local, state and House of Representatives elections is coming, Deuba urged the people to go among them.

“Let’s move forward by giving up our differences and quarrels. The people give us a majority. Now you go to the people,” he said.

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On the occasion, Congress Joint General Minister Dr. Prakash Sharan Mahat claimed that the party would lead the government only if other parties gave their unconditional support.

“We are not in favor of leading a government with arms and legs tied,” he said.