There are so many allegations against me. Why do I have to respond to them? What have I gained? I have not become minister or deputy prime minister. I have always worked in the interest of the party. I am all for unification.
So who is holding it back, then?
The unification of the two congresses is need of the hour, and it is inevitable. Both parties are doing their homework, and it will be finalised soon.
Is it the seniority dispute between you and Deuba that is delaying the process?
I have not made any claims about seniority. But one's contribution to the party, role in the people's movement and continuity should form the basis of determining the seniority chain.
The NC is leading the government, are you satisfied with its performance?
This is a coalition government. Our party is leading the government, so in a way we are more responsible. But what is happening here is that we have been asked to drive, while others in the government are creating roadblocks. They blame the driver and pass the buck.
What would you say to those creating obstacles?
Let us move forward. It would be better for them to get off the vehicle if they don't want it to go forward.
Are you saying the Maoists should quit the government?
I am only saying no one should create problems in the day-to-day running of the country. I want the eight parties to come closer and work together, but what doesn't make sense is those who are in government themselves behaving like the opposition.
Why did you reappoint an ineffective Home Minister?
I didn't appoint him. What the Prime Minister saw in him, what the issues are, I don't know. Ask the Prime Minister, but certainly there is a growing concern over the deteriorating security situation.
How will the madhesi movement affect the NC?
Not just NC, if the movement continues to escalate, it will affect all the parties. That's why I am saying we have to work together to resolve it.