KATHMANDU: Sixteen Nepalese opposition parties have joined hands to ask the President, Mr Ram Baran Yadav to dismiss the country's Maoist caretaker regime and replace it with National Consensus government.
The opposition parties comprising the Nepali Congress CPN-UML, Rastriya Prajatantra Party and other groups have also threatened a nationwide stir to back their demands for dismissal of the Baburam Bhattarai government.
"We are not against elections, but we don't want Maoists to conduct the elections," leaders of these parties said after submitting a joint memorandum to the president last night.
"We are demanding a new government that would have representation from all political parties to ensure that the polls are free and fair," said the Nepali Congress vice-president, Mr Ramchandra Poudyal.
They have asked the president to take necessary steps by exercising his constitutional and legal powers to pave the way for formation of a national consensus government.
The parties have warned they would enforce a nationwide strike if necessary to dislodge the caretaker government.
They said Mr Bhattarai's move to announce fresh election on November 22 without consulting other parties was "unconstitutional".
"The Prime Minister has committed a blunder by announcing the new election date without consulting other parties and without amending the Interim Constitution, which does not has such provision, so we will launch agitation to dislodge this government by forging collaboration with other parties," said Mr Poudyal.
"We have, urged the president to take necessary steps to form a national consensus government within his constitutional and legal jurisdiction," said the CPN-ML President, Mr C P Mainali.
They said the Constituent Assembly (CA) election was not possible without a national consensus government in place.
Nepal's prime minister has called elections, after years of deadlock in which political parties have failed to agree a new constitution.
Parliament has been extended four times since 2008 while a special assembly has struggled to reach consensus.
When the latest deadline was missed, Mr Baburam Bhattarai said there was "no alternative" but polls in six months.
Political parties disagree on the issue of whether states in a new federal system should be along ethnic lines.