Kathmandu, July 29 : Senior UML leader Iswor Pokharel has said that CPN-UML won't join the next government under Maoist leadership unless the Nepali Congress (NC) is a part of it.
"We can never trust the Maoists as they showed dishonesty by changing their decision overnight and refusing to back our Presidential candidate," Kantipur quoted Pokharel as, saying.
"The UML will join the Nepal Government under Maoist leadership only if the Nepali Congress is on board," he added.
He also said a majority of UML leaders are against forging any kind of alliance with Maoists.
"Our alliance with Nepali Congress and the Madhesi People's Rights Forum will continue," he said, adding, "Any alliance in the name of a left front is not possible."
Stating that Maoists, as the largest political party in the Constituent Assembly (CA), must get a chance to form the next Government, Pokharel said, "But the Maoists should understand that it can't claim the major ministerial portfolios once their leader becomes the Prime Minister."
"Major portfolios must be shared among other parties in the government while the Maoists take the post of Prime Minister," he added.
Regarding the three demands recently put forth by Maoists as conditions for the Maoists taking leadership in forming the government, he said the UML won't accept Maoist conditions.