Three parties meeting turns futile

KATHMANDU:
A meeting of three major political parties–UCPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN (UML)–held this evening in a bid to forge consensus on the budget and formation of a national unity government ended without any headway, thanks to the leaders’ stagnant position to their own partisan agendas.
The meeting was held at NC President Sushil Koirala’s residence in Maharajgunj. The meeting could not reach a conclusion, Koirala told reporters after the meeting.
The meeting that dwelt on budget, present political crisis, formation of the national unity government and other topics forged no consensus but leaders have agreed to continue the parleys, Koirala added.
During the meeting, UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ had urged the opposition leaders not to hinder the government’s bid to bring a full budget.
However, NC and UML leaders snubbed the proposal floated by Dahal. Earlier this morning, the leaders had vowed to forge consensus at a meeting with the President.
Similarly, UML Chairman Jhalanath Khanal said that consensus would not be forged at any cost until the incumbent government remains in power.
Khanal said the UCPN (Maoist) and the government should take more initiative for ending the deadlock.
However, UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ refused to give any comments to media.
After the leaders’ failure to forge consensus, the government is likely to face more hardships in its bid to table the budget on Tuesday.
The government had postponed the plan to bring the budget on Sunday for parties’ last ditch attempt for a consensus for the budget.

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