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Top guns’ meeting fails to make any decision

A meeting of the top leaders of major three parties- UCPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress, CPN (UML)- held on Monday ended without making any decision after UCPN (Maoist) sought oppositions consent on budget ordinance and opposition parties refused to budge from their stance of package deal.

Maoist chairperson Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’, Congress President Sushil Koirala and UML Chairperson Jhalanath Khanal failed to hammer out any deal in the meeting that took place at the Singha Durbar.

Emerging out from the meeting, the leaders confessed that they failed to reach any deal and pledged other rounds of discussions to forge much-hyped national consensus.

“I requested the Congress and UML to come to consensus on the budget which is more urgent now and told them that we can discuss on national consensus government later. The consensus on budget will send positive vibe among the people,” Prachanda told media-persons, adding, “But they rejected my proposal.”

Similarly, Congress President Koirala stressed that the government should pave way for consensus for all the disputed issues.

Likewise, UML Chairman Khanal said the replacement of the incumbent government is solution to all the problems and the government should realize this fact.

The leaders have upped the parleys as the government has vowed to bring the budget ordinance at any cost and oppositions’ making leverage to foil the government plan. However, two main opposition parties- Congress and UML- have boycotted the meeting called by Prachanda on Sunday saying that the meeting was intended to seek their consensus only on budget rather than forging consensus on overall political issues. The president has also been piling the pressure to the ruling parties and opposition parties to forge consensus as earliest.

Published Date: Monday, November 12th, 2012 | 07:42 AM

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