Lead parties agree to start fresh session of talks to garner consensus
KATHMANDU: Senior leaders of the major three political parties have agreed to start afresh talks to resolve the disputed issues in the constitution writing, formation of national consensus government and fresh elections.
A meeting of top leaders of the Unified CPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN (UML) held at UML Party Office, Balkhu on Wednesday agreed to begin fresh talks on the contents of the constitution, promulgation of the new constitution, electoral procedures and formation of a consensus government.
During the meeting the NC and UML, however, rejected the proposal of the UCPN (Maoist) to postpone the date of the elections proposed by the government. They claimed that giving continuity to the government’s decision regarding the fresh election was unconstitutional and claimed that the political parties could seek solutions to the present political impasse by forming a government of national consensus.
The NC and UML that have announced programmes of protest since the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly called today’s meeting ‘positive’. The major political parties have already held three rounds of talks after the CA dissolution.
The NC, UML and others parties have been protesting the government’s decision to dissolve the CA and announce fresh elections by boycotting the programmes attended by the ruling side. However, Prime Minister Dr. Bhattarai joined the meeting.
Talking to reporters following the talks, UCPN (Maoist) Vice-chairman Narayan Kaji Shrestha said the deliberations focused on reaching an agreement on forging a consensus on the content of the constitution, and thereby move ahead with a new beginning.
Vice-chairman Shrestha said, “We have agreed to begin discussion from a new point on the content of the constitution, the procedure to promulgate the constitution and fresh elections to the constituent assembly.”
Senior leader of Nepali Congress Sher Bahadur Deuba said we need to all reconsider our respective stand and move ahead for a consensus.
CPN-UML Vice-chairman Bamdev Gautam said the UCPN (Maoist) insisted on postponing the date of the new elections by talking about reinstatement of the constituent assembly but our party did not recognize an unconstitutional government postponing the elections.
UML Secretary Shanker Pokharel said the Government should take the initiative in seeking out a solution soon, otherwise the country is likely to be pushed towards a constitutional vacuum.
NC General Secretary Krishna Prasad Sitoula said a government with representation of all the political parties should be formed in order to resolve the political and constitutional crisis.
NC Central Member Dr Ram Sharan Mahat said discussion should be held on all issues of contention by using all direct and indirect means. RSS