KATHMANDU: In a bid to create conducive environment for polls, the High Level Political Committee (HLPC), the cross-party task force of major political parties formed to support the Chief Justice led election government, has held discussion with the disenchanted Federal Democratic Front, comprising eight political parties, led by Upendra Yadav.
During the meeting the two sides informed each other about their views on election and agreed for talks again. The Front handed over 13-point demand to the HLPC. In their 13-point demand, the parties have asked the major four political forces—UCPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and United Democratic Madhesi Front— to dissolve the HLPC, rectify the 11-point political agreement forged on March 13 and 25-point presidential decree, and ensure the CA election through political round table.
The parties included Yadav-led MJF-Nepal, Sharad Singh Bhandari-led Rastriya Madhesh Samajwadi Party, Tamsaling Nepal, Rastriya Dal and Janamukti Nepal including others. “We want that the Chairman of Interim Election Council Khil Raj Regmi resign from the post of Chief Justice,” said the Front’s spokesperson Parshuram Tamang, while talking with journalists.
“The demand for resignation of Regmi from the post of Chief Justice is an old one. We put forth our view that such kind of resignation is irrelevant now,” said CPN-UML’s Raghuji Pant, who took part in the talks on behalf of the HLPC.
The HLPC has been making efforts to bring all parties on board so that they participate in the upcoming second Constituent Assembly polls scheduled for November 19 this year.
Meanwhile, speaking at a program in the capital on Monday, Chairperson of Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (MJF) Upendra Yadav said that the round-table conference, as demanded by the CPN-Maoist, is irrelevant as it is not going to solve current political problem. Yadav said that the legitimacy of the roundtable conference is not clear and that it will be meaningless without ensuring the new constitution. Yadav also made it clear that his party has no connection with the Mohan Baidya-led CPN-M and its demands. However, Yadav claimed that the CA polls on November 19 are impossible as both the four-party syndicate and the government are not yet ready.
In another development, one day after senior leader of the party Netra Bikram Chana said the possibility of alliance with former King CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidya endorsed Chanda’s statement and said that they could forge alliance with former king Gyanendra Shah for “preserving national interests”.
Speaking at a press conference in Makwanpur Baidya said that due to an increasing foreign intrusion in the country his party might make an alliance with the former king without any preconditions. He said any alliance between the two will formalize only if the ex-monarch comes to terms with the Maoist idea of nationalism.
Baidya said that the government´s appeal for talks is positive. “We are ready to sit for talks without any conditions, but the talks should not mean to hold the Constituent Assembly elections,” he added. He however warned that they would retaliate if the government tries to hold the elections. He clarified that he has been visiting various parts of the country to meet party cadres and tell them to boycott the elections.
Baidya ruled out any possibility of unification with the UCPN Maoist, saying that the party had split due to fundamental differences over a range of issues. “If they correct themselves realizing past mistakes there might be unification with the UCPN Maoist,” he however said.
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