KATHMANDU: The talks between the government’s talk team and Federal Socialist Party Nepal (Sanghiya Samajbadi Party Nepal) ended inconclusively after the party forwarded six point demands to the government as pre-condition for taking part in the election.
The party led by Ashok Kumar Rai, who had formed the new outfit after splitting from the CPN-UML, has also been protesting the idea of holding the elections of the constituent assembly by the Chief Justice led government. As the meeting could not reach into conclusion on Wednesday, they agreed to hold another round of talks later after consulting other stakeholders.
The six-point demand include: scrapping of the 11-point agreement reached on March 13, as it is an outcome of the four-party syndicate; repealing of the President’s order on March 14 to remove the constitutional difficulties, as it is unconstitutional; retaining the old provision of number, proportion and representation of CA members; redelimitating the election constituencies and provision of voting right to those Nepalis who are living abroad. Most of the demands are similar to that of 33-party alliance led by Mohan Baidya faction of CPN-Maoist
“We have put forth our six-point demand. It is still unclear whether we will take part in the Constituent Assembly polls; not if our demands are not addressed,” said party’s general secretary Rajendra Shrestha who led the party’s four-member talk team. He however informed that the talk ended on a positive note.
Similarly, Minister for Information and Communications Madhav Paudel, who is leading the government’s talk team, said that the government would discuss with major political parties and the Election Commission, as the agitating party’s demands are related with them.
Following a long row over the issue of identity and federalism with the party establishment, former UML Vice-chairman Ashok Rai and his colleagues launched their own party in November last year. Other key faces in the party include Rajendra Shrestha, Bijay Subba, Rakam Chemjong, Gopal Thakur, Horilal Chaudhary and Bir Bahadur Lama.
The government has formed the talks team and making efforts to hold talks with agitating groups to ensure the elections of the constituent assembly. The four major political parties, who have decided to hold talks with agitating groups to ease the electoral process, are yet to initiate concrete effort for convincing the disgruntled groups.
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