KATHMANDU: The three major parties — UCPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress and CPN-UML, have agreed to restructure the election government led by Chairman Khil Raj Regmi to bring the CPN-Maoist on board to hold the elections of the constituent assembly on time.
Speaking at an interaction organized by Professional Alliance for Peace and Democracy in the Capital on Thursday, coordinator of High Level Political Committee (HLPC), the cross-party task force of four major political parties formed to assist Chief Justice led election government, and Chairman of Unified CPN-Maoist Pushpa Kamal Dahal said they were ready to restructure the existing government, organize an all-party meeting or all-sector round table conference and increase the number of seats under proportional representation system to meet demands.
Similarly, the HLPC is mulling to increase the seats under the first-past-the-post (FPTP) category to bring the Upendra Yadav-led Federal Democratic Front and the Ashok Rai-led Federal Socialist Party Nepal on board.
Source close to HLPC informed that of the 491 seats agreed for the next Constituent Assembly polls, 11 to be filled by the Cabinet would move to the FPTP category. Leaders argue that if this adjustment is made, it will give the HLPC ground to negotiate seriously with Yadav and Rai as both of them have strongly pitched for the reworking of the constituencies and increasing seats under the proportional category. The Yadav-led alliance has tabled a 13-point memorandum at the HLPC. The demands include increasing seats under the proportional representation (PR) category and delineating the constituencies.
HLPC leaders are holding informal dialogue with Yadav and Rai to address their demands. “We are considering various alternatives to address their demands,” said UCPN (Maoist) leader Narayan Kaji Shrestha. About bringing the CPN-Maoist in the election process, the HLPC is not much optimistic. However, cross-party leaders say they will continue to reach out to the party.
The HLPC on Thursday sent another letter to the CPN-Maoist saying that there were no conditions for the talks but the party does not seem to be eager for dialogue. “We are in informal talks to bring them to the negotiation table,” said Shrestha.
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