KATHMANDU: As the High Level Political Committee (HLPC), the cross-party taskforce f major political parties formed to support the Chief Justice led election government, has decided to go ahead for the November poll even without participation of poll opposing 33-party alliance, the CPN-Maoist has softened its stance for the election.
CPN-Maoist informed that the party would take part in the all-party meeting called by the President on Friday and that it was even ready to take part in the polls scheduled for November 19 if Khil Raj Regmi quits as chief justice. Earlier the party remained firm in two of its demands like resignation of the Chief Justice led election government and deferring the election of the constituent assembly, which the HLPC rejected.
Addressing an interaction in the Capital CPN-Maoist Secretary Dev Gurung said, “We are ready to join the election if chairman of interim election government Khil Raj Regmi steps down as chief justice.” He said they had been demanding that the government should turn into a political entity, not led by a chief justice. “We are open on person. Parties can present Khil Raj as their representative. But they must guarantee he will abide by the parties’ decisions,” he added.
About their second stance, Gurung said that they would join November 19 election provided Regmi resigns from the post of chief justice. The party has been demanding only the resignation of Regmi from the post of Chief Justice as a face saver to participate in the November poll.
“We want a consensus government of the parties and not the party-less entity. We are ready to join the election if the parties are ready for the Khil Raj Regmi-led government instead of the one led by a chief justice,” Gurung added.
He said his party would participate in the all-party meeting called by the President on Friday in good faith to forge consensus among the parties. He claimed that many problems would be resolved if the four-party mechanism could be turned into a common platform of all the parties represented in the dissolved CA.
The HLPC has decided to go ahead for the poll without participation from 33-alliance and has requested the government to initiate the process of amending constitution to incorporate the agreements reached with other poll opposing parties.
However of Spokesperson of UCPN-Maoist Agni Sapkota informed that the major parties would wait for a positive response from CPN-M-led 33-party alliance for only three more days. “There’s little time left to prepare for election,” Sapkota said at the same function. The Election Commission has been facing hard time to adjust its schedule for November election as the political parties remained indecisive for participation of 33-political party in the election. CPN-Maoist led alliance has been enforcing various programs to oppose the November election.
UCPN-Maoist leaders are trying to convince Baidya that gaining power through a ‘revolt’ is not possible and that there is no alternative to embracing the line of Constituent Assembly. Party insiders say that one important incentive for the UCPN-Maoist to bring Baidya on board is the possible election alliance between the two parties if the CPN-Maoist agrees to join the poll process.
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