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Prez summons leaders to discuss ‘alternative’

KATHMANDU:
After the political parties failed to forge much-anticipated national consensus even by the sixth deadline served by the head of the state, President Dr Ram Baran Yadav is holding meeting with the leaders of major political forces.
Leaders of the major political forces- UCPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress, CPN (UML) and United Madhesi Democratic Front (UDMF) – have thronged President’s official residence Shital Niwas now for the consultation with the President. Since the parties have been failing to forge consensus even for the sixth times, President is planning to adopt alternative course now, says source close to President. However, the source didn’t divulge into details about such course. Earlier yesterday, President Dr Yadav’s Legal Adviser has hinted that President could now switch to  majority system after national consensus between the parties couldn’t be forged.
The President had extended the last deadline for five days to the parties on December 24 to recommend the Prime Minister of national consensus. Extending the deadline for 5 more days, he had headed off to official tour to India. Before leaving for India, he had summoned the leaders of the parties and urged them to forge the consensus before is arrival. The President has returned yesterday from his five-day long tour on the same day when his sixth deadline has expired with the consensus still elusive. Though the parties had assured the President that they would forge the consensus before the President’s return, the parties didn’t hold the meeting for a single time, let alone forge national consensus. Instead of consensus, the distance between the parties is widening as the ruling parties have again put forth the alternative of resurrecting the dissolved Constituent Assembly and the leaders of the opposition parties terming the proposal as a ploy to cling to power. While the ruling parties have been floating the proposal to revive the CA, the leaders of the opposition parties have been demanding to pick the Prime Minister through the majority system.

Published Date: Saturday, December 29th, 2012 | 08:45 PM

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