Kathmandu: Nepal's main opposition NC has voiced confidence that it would lead the next national consensus government in the country while hoping that a new Constitution would be drafted within the extended deadline of May next year.

"... our party will lead the next government," Sushil Koirala, the President of the Nepali Congress (NC), told reporters.

As the UCPN-Maoist and the CPN-UML, the two Communist parties, had already got opportunities to form government under their leadership twice, now it was the turn of the Nepali Congress to take the leadership of the next government, he said.

He also said that the new Constitution would be drafted in time if the ruling Maoists remained supportive in resolving the disputes relating to it.

Koirala said he was confident of concluding the peace process and promulgation of the Constitution within the stipulated time frame.

He said the Nepali Congress, which has launched a fight for a democratic system and government, is committed to framing a democratic Constitution.

Koirala also welcomed the Supreme Court's verdict that rejected the petition filed by Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai and Speaker of the Parliament Subhash Nemwang, seeking a review of the court's earlier decision on extension of Constituent Assembly's term.

The Apex Court had last week issued the verdict saying that the 6-month CA term extension from November 31 would be the final one.

(Agencies)