NC, UML fail to find common grounds on outstanding issues

KATHMANDU: The discussions held between the Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML aimed at forging commonality of views on the contentious issues seen in constitution writing ended inconclusive. The meeting was held at Sigha Durbar today.

Leader of the CPN-UML Bhim Rawal said that although discussions were held on building common views on the governance system, state restructuring, the electoral system and the judiciary, the two parties could not arrive at a common view on these in the meeting.


He however added that the discussions focused on all the contentious issues.


The Nepali Congress is steadfast on the constitutional presidential system and the prime minister elected from the parliament whereas the UML is for a directly-elected prime minister and the President elected by the parliament.


After the meeting, Nepali Congress leader Arjun Narsingh K.C. said although discussions were held in the joint meeting regarding forging commonality of view between the two parties on the disputed topics of constitution writing, the issues were yet to be settled.


The Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML have intensified discussions since Wednesday in a bid to forge common views on topics like state restructuring, forms of governance, the election system, the judicial system, among others.


Meanwhile, the Madhesi pressure group comprised of the representatives of the sister organizations of the different Madhes-centric parties submitted a memorandum to the Speaker Subas Nembang today calling for issuing the constitution in the stipulated time and incorporating their demands in the new constitution. RSS


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