Kathmandu, July 6:
Minister for Physical Planning and Works Hridayesh Tripathi said on Friday that the next government would not be formed under the leadership of any anti-federalist political party.
Speaking at a face-to-face with the media here, Minister Tripathi clarified that the ruling coalition partners, UCPN-Maoist and Madhesi Front, would not accept a government headed by an anti-federalist party.
He said, "If the Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML want to lead the next government, they must transform themselves into federalist forces."
Minister Tripathi reiterated that the Madhesi parties would not tolerate a constitution without federalism and federalism without identity.
Tripathi, who is also senior deputy chairman of the Terai-Madhes Democratic Party, clarified that Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai would not step down until the political parties forged a packaged deal on the issues of the CA elections, contentious issues of the new constitution and formation of the new government.
Stating that the importance of political consensus become even more significant after May 27, he maintained that consensus should be sought in accordance with the five-point agreement forged on May 2.
Minister Tripathi claimed that the government would bring the full-fledged budget in time at any cost.
"I think President Dr Ram Baran Yadav will not stop the government from bringing the complete budget." He added.
Tripathi warned that the country would suffer huge loss if the opposition parties blocked the government to present a full budget in time.