KATHMANDU: At a time when the discussion is ongoing about whether the Chief Justice led government should hold the election of the constituent assembly or not, political parties remained divided over the issue.
At a time when 33-political parties have been opposing the poll, a meeting of the Federal Democratic Republican alliance has welcomed the government’s move to announce election date.
The meeting the 20-party alliance led by UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal at the party’s office in Kathmandu has also welcomed the government’s decision to not to put a threshold for proportional representation seats in the new CA.
Spokesperson of the Alliance Prem Bahadur Singh informed that leaders have welcomed the government’s decision to classify Brahamin, Chhetri, Dasnami and Sanyasi groups under Khas/Aryan.
Expressing grief over the loss of lives and property in the recent floods in the Western region of the country, it has called on the government to do the needful to provide assistance to people displaced by floods.
Meanwhile in a bid to convince dissident parties to take part in the elections, coordinator of High Level Political Committee (HLPC), the cross-party task-force formed to assist the government, Bijay Kumar Gachchadhar held a meeting with the chief of poll-opposing Federal Socialist Party (FSP), Asok Rai, and asked the latter to help create an enabling atmosphere for polls.
During the meeting Gachchadhar has even promised Rai, who is an important part of a coalition of fringe parties led by Mohan Baidya’s CPN-Maoist seen to be opposed to the upcoming Constituent Assembly election, that FSP will gain an entry into the four-major party-led HLPC if it is ready to take part in the November election.
Gachchadhar also said that the grievances of agitating parties will be addressed and the current election cabinet will be expanded to include them if they become ready to take part in the upcoming polls.
In response, Rai remained adamant on the demand of the agitating parties that the HLPC should be dissolved and solution to the political problems facing the country should be found through an all-party political conference. Rai also put forth condition regarding the proportional seats for taking part in the elections.
Of the 33-political parties of the poll opposing alliance, the 18 parties announced their decision at a press conference last week. They have also formed a separate alliance ‘progressive democratic national front’.
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