No development in dispute resolution
KATHMANDU: Though parties presented their proposals on state restructuring, discussions remained largely inconclusive. UML stuck to its seven-province model. Leader Oli informed that the seven-province model was presented as the party’s official proposal.
Informing that all parties have agreed to retain minimum numbers of states, Oli informed that NC and UML shared commonality in adopting capacity and identity as the basis of federalism. “ We and Congress have similar concepts on the delineation and number of states,” Oli said.
However, NC leader Paudel claimed that parties were largely positive to federate the nation into 6 to 7 states. “ The proposals on state restructuring were prepared for discussions. The Maoists also exhibited flexibility in adopting 6-7 federal states.”
But as the Madheshi Front had expressed discontent over the present 7province model, parties have also started discussions in it to address their concerns. “ We also discussed on reviewing presently proposed provinces in Madhesh,” Paudel added.
The meeting also held discussion to reduce the size of the central legislative informed Paudel. Earlier parties had agreed that the Central Legislative would have three hundred and 85 seats. As the understanding was flayed from all sides, parties have started discussions to reduce the size. “ All have agreed to reduce the size of the Lower House, but actual size has not been yet agreed,” Paudel informed.
On forms of governance, parties still retain their earlier understanding on an executive Prime Minister. Leader Oli claimed that parties will agree to an executive Prime Minister and a President, having powers similar to that possessed by the present one.
“Prime Minister will have the executive powers, while the President will be given the present position,” Oli said.