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All-party meeting hosted by President ended inconclusively; decides to meet again on Monday

KATHMANDU: The long-awaited all-party meeting hosted by the President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav for finding consensus among the High Level Political Committee (HLPC), the cross-party taskforce of major political parties, and the poll-opposing 33-party alliance ended inconclusively.

After a day break, the all-party meeting, called by President Dr Ram Baran Yadav, has resumed at the Office of the President, Sheetal Niwas on Sunday afternoon but the meeting ended inconclusively after both the sides decided to do more homework on the demands raised by poll opposing parties and sit again on Monday.

The meeting, attended by all parties representing the defunct Constituent Assembly (CA), dwelt on the four-point proposal floated by the CPN-Maoist on Friday. Both the sides remained adamant to their stances during today’s meeting as well. Emerging from the meeting leaders informed that the meeting ended in a positive note and Monday’s meeting is expected to hammer-out differences between both sides and give way-out to current political stalemate. The leaders have been saying so during all these crucial meetings but they failed to make any progress in unfolding the political stalemate.

Emerging from the meeting, CPN-Maoist Secretary Dev Gurung said that the parties could not agree on the postponement of Constituent Assembly election and formation of a partisan government. However, leaders of various political parties have said the meeting was ‘positive’.

The CPN-Maoist had put forth the demands including holding the round-table conference, forming partisan government, deferring the CA polls to March/April and determining the prime contents of and roadmap for constitution in the making. Deferral of the CA election and resignation of Chief Justice led government are two crucial issues that have been prolonging the stalemate.

Though the major political parties had differing stances, the High Level Political Committee (HLPC) on Saturday evening expressed determination to hold the election in the slated date of November 19. The all-party meeting is expected to give some face-saver to poll opposing parties as they are interested to take part in the elections by making some of their demands fulfilled by the major political parties. International community has also been exerting pressure to all the political parties to hold the election on time as they believe that election is only the means to bring derailed democratic process on track.

President Ram Baran Yadav decided to call the meeting after several requests were made by the CPN-M to summon such a meeting after the HLPC decided to go ahead for poll even without participation of poll opposing alliance. President Dr. Yadav has been taking lead for resolving the political stalemate since from the first constituent assembly. The president took initiation for forming the Chief Justice led government after political parties could not pick consensus Prime Minister from any of the political parties after the dissolution of the first constituent assembly. The political parties have been blaming each other for their failure to promulgate new constitution by the first constituent assembly.

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