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Amid rows on leadership of yet-to-be-formed govt, leaders meet civil society

As the political parties have failed to recommend the Prime Minister of national consensus from the political parties even by the sixth deadline provided by the President Dr Ram Baran Yadav, the leaders of the parties have intensified the consultations with the leaders of the civil society.
The meetings with the civil society leaders have been held at the wake of the ruling parties proposing for the formation of the government under the leadership of the independent person if consensus wasn’t forged among the candidate from the parties.
The meetings of the leaders of political parties with the civil society have been taken as a meaningful in the political circle. Two prominent civil society leaders Damannath Dhungana and Padma Ratna Tuladhar had met with CPN (UML) Chairperson Jhalanath Khanal at the latter’s residence in Dallu on Saturday morning. Later in the afternoon, Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai had also met another civil society leader Dr Devendra Raj Panday at the latter’s residence Bishalnagar. Dr Pandey said that they discussed about the current political situation of the country, however, refused to explain what else transpired during the meeting.

Likewise, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs, Bijay Kumar Gachchhadar, and former Speaker, Damannath Dhungana, had also held a meeting today.
During the meeting held at Dhungana’s residence in Battisputali, they discussed on contemporary politics, it is learnt.
However, Dhungana claimed that Gachchhadar had come to visit him as he is a patient of high blood pressure and it was a family visit.
The ruling coalition including the Prime Minister has floated an alternative of forming the government under the leadership of the independent person of political background if the consensus was not formed on transforming the incumbent government into national consensus government or picking another candidate as the Prime Minister from the coalition.

Published Date: Tuesday, January 1st, 2013 | 08:22 AM

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