KATHMANDU: At a time when poll opposing parties have been demanding for unconditional talks with the government and the High Level Political Committee (HLPC), the cross-party taskforce of major political parties formed to support the Chief Justice led election government, leaders of the major parties have said that they are ready to hold talks with the agitating parties but they can’t address their all demands.
Leaders of big three political parties—UCPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN-UML, which are in HLPC, said that they are ready to amend the 11-point four-party political agreement and 25-point presidential decree to bring the poll-opposing parties in the election process. They however said that they would not compromise on the issue of resignation of Chief Justice led government and deferring the elections.
UCPN-Maoist leader Posta Bahadur Bogati said that his party is writing a formal letter to the disgruntled parties´ alliance on Tuesday without any preconditions. He further said that his party is ready to review any issues with poll opposing parties except the cancellation of November 19 election and change of guard. He said that his party is ready to hold roun dtable conference, which is the main concern of the Baidya-led alliance. “Concerns raised by Baidya are merely publicity slogans,” he said.
Dissenting 33 political parties including CPN-Maoist and Federal Democratic Madhesi Front are asking to dissolve the Khil Raj Regmi-led government. The Maoist leader said that his party is ready to accept the reshuffle of the HLPC as demanded by the disgruntled parties.
Leader of the Nepali Congress, Arjun Nar Singh KC said, “The four parties could not address all the demands of agitating parties. Political negotiations are always based on ‘give and take’.” He ruled out possibility of rescheduling the CA poll.
Similarly, CPN-UML Secretary Shankar Pokharel also said that scrapping the 11-point four-party agreement and 25-point presidential decree as demanded by the poll opposing parties is not possible. “International experiences have shown that election becomes meaningful with the participation of major parties,” said Pokharel, stating that Baidya’s absence in the election would not make any differences.
Meanwhile speaking at the same program, CPN-Maoist Secretary Dev Gurung clarified that his party will boycott the election if it is conducted forcibly. “Unless 11 point agreement and 25 presidential decrees are scraped, we will not sit for any talks with the four major parties,” said Gurung, adding, “Those agreements were endorsed by the president with the direction of international forces.” He further stated that the poll conducted in status quo would not be acceptable to his party.
Federal Democratic Madhesi Front Chairman Upendra Yadav ruled out the November 19 election claiming that the country will plunge into grave crises if the election is conducted in the current situation. He accused that Regmi-led government is just a tool of four-party syndicate government and added, the current government is getting involved in corruption cases as they are spending their valuable time in transfer and promotion of bureaucrats than preparing conducive environment for the November poll. He also added that Regmi must step down from the post of Chief-Justice to pave the way for election.
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