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Lead parties meet inconclusive

KATHMANDU: The meeting of three major parties– UCPN (Maoist), the Nepali Congress (NC) and the (CPN-UML)- including the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) convened on Saturday to settle  the contentious issues in the constitution drafting ended inconclusively.

The meeting took place at the Constituent Assembly ( CA) Building, New Baneshwor, seeking consensus on the state restructuring issues, ended without any conclusion.

Though the meeting held serious discussions on the agenda, it could not reach to a conclusion following the reluctance on the part of the Congress to budge from its stances, said Maoist Standing Committee member Dev Gurung after the meeting.

The other parties, however, had agreed on the Maoists’ proposal for 10 federal states based on identity and viability, claimed leader Gurung.

The next meeting scheduled for tomorrow is expected to find a way out to the disputed issues as the Congress has said that it would come at the meeting after holding internal discussions on the issues.

The meeting that lasted for six hours had not discussed on the forms of governance issues, it is learnt.

Similarly, talking to journalists emerging from the meeting, UML leader Bhim Rawal said that his party was ready to be flexible from its stances of seven states so as to find an outlet to the problems as early as possible.

He added that the efforts were being to forge consensus on seven to fourteen states.

Similarly, Maoist leader Khimlal Devkota said the today’s meeting openly discussed on the state restructuring issues.

The three parties and the UDMF shall meet again at tomorrow morning. RSS

Published Date: Saturday, April 28th, 2012 | 07:03 AM

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