KATHMANDU: The high-level political committee (HLPC), the cross-party task force of four major parties formed to support the Chief Justice led election government, has formally started talks with the alliances headed by Mohan Baidya’s CPN-Maoist and Upendra Yadav’s Madhesi Janadhikar Forum Nepal (MJF-Nepal) on Tuesday, which are opposing the elections of the constituent assembly.
The HLPC, which is headed by UCPN-Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, held separate talks with the 33-party including CPN-M and the alliance headed by Yadav.
During the talks, both the disgruntled parties put forth their conditions for participation in the upcoming Constituent Assembly elections.
Mohan Baidya’s party has forwarded 18-point conditions. The CPN-Maoist has demanded that the current government led by Khil Raj Regmi should be dissolved and a new political agreement should be forged before going to the election s, while MJF-N has demanded the resignation of Regmi from the post of chief justice.
Likewise, the preconditions set by MJF-N include resignation by Interim Election Government Chairman Khil Raj Regmi from Chief Justice post, disbandment of four-party syndicate, constituency delimitation on the basis of population, extension of the deadline for voter registration and reservation of 95 per cent seats for proportional representation in the CA, among others.
Briefing the media after the meeting, Baidhya stated that today’s meeting was the beginning of negotiation between the dissenting parties and the four major political forces. “Now onwards the process of negotiation will move ahead formally,” he told the media corps at the HLPC secretariat in New Baneshwor.
“They presented their points in the meeting. The talks will continue on them,” UML leader Raghuji Pant, told reporters after the meeting with 33-party alliance at HLPC secretariat at ICC, New Baneshwor.
Similarly, emerging from the meeting, Yadav said it was up to the government and parties close to the HLPC whether or not to hold the elections. “We have clearly forwarded our demands, now the ball is in their court, they have to fulfill our demands to hold the election,” Yadav said.
The HLPC leaders assured the protesting parties of doing the needful while discussing the agendas put forth by the alliance. According to UCPN-Maoist leader Narayan Kaji Shrestha, HLPC will formally make its comments on the demands floated by the dissident parties only after holding discussion. With the starting of formal discussion with the disgruntled parties there is a hope that the election would take place on November 19.
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