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HLPC decides to continue talks with dissenting parties; Agreement with FSP likely today


KATHMANDU: The High Level Political Committee, the cross-party taskforce of four major political parties formed to support the Chief Justice led election government and Federal Socialist Party (FSP) have reached into an agreement in principle for the latter to join the electoral process.

The HLPC has decided to go for a 601-member Constituent Assembly (CA) to incorporate the demands of FSP and a final deal with the agitating FSP is very likely on Wednesday.

After the High Level Political Committee (HLPC) today decided to attempt to bring CPN-Maoist on board the election process after it sensed a positive but still vague hint of possible participation in the November 19 election.

“Lately, they have given some positive hints during informal meetings, saying they would participate in polls if a round table conference was organized to address disputed issues. However, their hint is still vague. So we will make the effort again,” reports quoted UCPN-Maoist leader Narayan Kaji Shrestha as saying.

HLPC coordinator Sushil Koirala will hold informal talks with Baidhya today to confirm whether they are really interested to participate in the elections. However, the parleys will not last more than a couple of days, said Shrestha.

NC leader Arjun Narsingh KC said HLPC had received positive hints from CPN-M about joining the polls. “That is why HLPC leaders expressed readiness to hold a short round table conference if CPN-M agrees to join the election process,” he said.

Talks between the Baidhya-led 33-party front and HLPC had failed due to the differences on the purpose and modality of round table conference. The 33-party alliance has remained firm to their demands of dissolving the CJ led government and postpone the election date. However the HLPC rejected these demands and made it clear that talks are possible only if the poll opposing alliance agree to participate in November elections under the CJ led government.

The poll opposing parties have submitted a memorandum to the President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav and requested him to create environment for holding the round-table conference to ensure participation of poll opposing parties in the election of the constituent assembly. The poll opposing parties have been facing criticism from national and international level to participate in the November election as it is the solution to bring derailed democracy back in track.

However the Election Commission has said that it would be very difficult to adjust the election schedule for November election if the dissenting parties join the poll process lately. Chief Election Commissioner Neel Kantha Upreti informed that the disgruntled parties cannot be accommodated in the electoral process under normal circumstance and if there is agreement they could be incorporated under abnormal circumstance. Parties of the 33-party alliance are yet to get registered to the Election Commission for the purpose of contesting election. The Election Commission has finalized the list of political parties, their election symbol and shortly mulling to print the ballot paper and voter’s identity card. Chairperson of the Interim Election Government Khil Raj Regmi has also urged the leaders of major political parties to confirm whether the poll opposing parties take part in the election or not within a couple of days.

Meanwhile, the HLPC has recommended the government to provide citizenship certificate to national cricket team member Sharad Vesawkar.

Sharad, whose mother is a Nepali and father was an Indian, was born in the UAE and do not hold Nepali citizenship despite representing the country for more than a decade. Sharad was raised in Nepal after his family settled here following the death of his father. The citizenship issuing process, however, could only begin for the right-handed batsman after a cabinet approval. The HLPC recommended the government to issue Sharad the citizenship under ‘distinguished personality’ provision.

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