Kathmandu: Nepal's embattled Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai on Thursday said that he is ready to make "any sacrifice" for the sake of national consensus to resolve the current political deadlock plaguing the nation.

In a crucial cabinet meeting, the Prime Minister called political parties to forge cooperation and collaboration saying that he is ready to make any sacrifice to end the current deadlock.

The Prime Minister's remarks came at a time when the main opposition parties including Nepali Congress and CPN-UML have intensified pressure on him to step down to pave way for formation of a national consensus government.

His speech coincided with the date announced by him for holding new election after he dissolved the Constituent Assembly on May 27 without promulgating the constitution.

The Prime Minister, however, blamed the opposition parties for the government's failure to draft the new constitution and to find a way out from the current political deadlock.

He expressed his anger over the opposition's "non-cooperation" and urged them to help in resolving the current crisis through agreement and cooperation.

The Prime Minister also claimed that the coalition government led by him has successfully concluded the peace process started six years ago and integrated altogether 1,460 Maoist combatants into the Nepal Army through the process of army integration.

"I am ready to cooperate and make sacrifice to form national consensus government", Bhattarai said but did not categorically say whether he would step down as per the demands of the opposition.


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