Leaders lock horns at Lazimpat meeting
Sagar Ghimire, KATHMANDU:
As the UCPN (Maoist) put forth the condition of settling the disputed issues first emerged out during the constitution drafting process, the meeting of the major four political forces- UCPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress, CPN (UML) and United Madhesi Democratic Front (UDMF) – ended without making any headway towards forging much-hyped national consensus.
Though the Congress leaders went to the meeting held at the residence of Maoist chairperson Pushpakamal Dahal residence Lazimpat on Wednesday afternoon expecting latter’s support, they were miffed when the Maoist floated a new condition of agreement on the contents of the new constitution before supporting Congress led government.
Earlier today, Congress has officially picked the name of party president Sushil Koirala as the PM candidate from the party through the Central Working Committee meeting following the demand of its allies and main ruling party Maoist during yesterday’s meeting.
Infuriated by the Maoist’s new condition, the leaders of the main opposition party Congress have accused the Maoist of trying to prolong its stay in the government.
Emerging out from the meeting today, Congress Vice-president Ramchandra Poudel told the media-persons, “We proposed the PM candidate from our party as they (Maoist) demanded yesterday. However, they set a new condition today of regarding the constitution drafting. This has shown that they don’t want consensus and this has raised a doubt upon Maoist intention.”
As only one day has remained among the seven days deadline extended by the President for the second time to recommend the PM candidate of national consensus, such consensus among the parties has become more elusive. However, the leaders have said that they will make a last ditched effort tomorrow to forge the much-hyped national consensus. The joint meeting of the major parties is scheduled to be held tomorrow again at 3 PM.