KATHMANDU: Although the recommendation of the Constituency Delineation Committee has widened the row between the government and poll opposing parties, the High Level Political Committee (HLPC), the cross-party taskforce of four major political parties formed to support the Chief Justice led election government, has given a four-day ultimatum to the poll-opposing 33-party alliance led by CPN-M to come to an understanding and join the election fray.
A meeting of the HLPC held at New Baneshwor on Monday decided to show “maximum flexibility” on the talks with the poll-opposing parties so as to meet their legitimate demands – amendment of the 11-point and 25-point agreements and increasing the Proportional Representation seats in the Constituent Assembly.
However, if the latter still remains adamant on their demand for dissolution of the current election government and canceling the upcoming CA election then the HLPC would hold no further talks with the poll-opposing parties, a leader participating in today’s meeting informed.
The meeting also decided to hold ‘decisive talks with 33-party alliance led by CPN-M, MJF-Nepal and Federal Socialist Party on Tuesday itself.
The meeting also agreed to intensify other processes of election by the parties associated with HLPC as well as other parties participating in the CA election. Emerging from the meeting, UCPN (Maoist) leader Narayankaji Shrestha said the meeting has decided to make the ongoing talks decisive by Aug 16. The Election Commission had asked the major parties and the government to find consensus by second week of August to ensure election on November.
Similarly, senior leader of the Nepali Congress, Sher Bahadur Deuba, said that the HLPC would hold talks with the fronts led by Yadav and Rai on Tuesday. Parties in favor of election will go with a common concept on election and cannot wait in talks for long, and we have not thought of postponing election, he said. During the meeting NC President Sushil Koirala briefed about his visit to India and CPN-UML Chairman Jhalanath Khanal on his meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during his US visit.
Similarly, the meeting also drew the attention of the government towards the formation of Truth and Reconciliation Commission to resolve the conflict-era related cases.
The HLPC has expedited the dialogue with agitating parties after they faced criticism that the leaders of major political parties have been trying to defer the November poll in different pre-text. Even though they set the deadline for Tuesday, it is likely that they will not reach to any conclusion during the date as the both the sides have been remaining adamant to quiet opposite stances. The four year long tenure of the first constituent assembly could not draft the new constitution due to misunderstanding among major political parties.
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