Maoist hardliners foil efforts to resolve disputes

KATHMANDU: Although the meeting of the three big political parties and the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) is said to have reached near consensus over the disputed issues of constitution drafting, no concrete decision was made on the form of governance, restructuring of state, and electoral system on Monday.

Leaders said the discussion was prolonged after the UCPN-Maoist stuck to the demand of adopting fully proportional electoral system.

However, Prime Minister Dr Babu Ram Bhattarai said the discussion was going on intensively.

Parliamentary party leader of the Nepali Congress, Ram Chandra Poudel, said his party could not agree on the fully proportional electoral system proposed by the Maoists.

Because of the Maoists’ stand on it, the discussion was prolonged, he added.

Similarly, he said the discussion was on about the mixed system of governance with the allocation of power to both Prime Minister and the President.

The Madhesi Front proposed for 200 constituencies for the direct election while three big parties proposed for a total of 300 representatives for both upper and lower house.

The three parties are to meet next morning while all parties to meet in the afternoon, according to leader Poudel.

CPN-UML leader Bhim Rawal said further discussion was needed for final consensus. The parties were made aware that political stability should be taken into account while determining form of governance.

Similarly, Chairman of Nepal Sadbhavana Party, Rajendra Mahato, said the discussion was nearing consensus.

The political parties had sat again for forging agreement on the disputed issues of constitution drafting after postponing the meeting of the Constituent Assembly today.RSS

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