"We must look for a point of agreement within the parliament. The monarchy cannot usurp this function," president of the Nepali Congress Girija Prasad Koirala said at a mass meeting at Dhangadi. His statement was a response to Prime Minister Lokendra Bahadur Chand's comment that the monarch should be the pivot of nationhood.
Koirala said both sides were attempting to diminish the constitution in favour of a constituent assembly. By keeping people in the dark he said ground was being laid for an "evil constitution".
Koirala made clear the Nepali Congress' position stressing they would, "support an interim government, a roundtable discussion or a constituent assembly created from within the present constitutional framework."