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Major parties start decisive talks on constitution writing

KATHMANDU: A meeting of the top leaders of the three major parties and the United Democratic Madhesi Front has started today aimed at forging consensus on the contentious issues emerged in course of writing the constitution.

The leaders are holding the meeting at the Hattiban Resort at Setidevi VDC, south of Kathmandu.

Party chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, vice-chairman and Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai, vice-chairman Mohan Baidya, general secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa and leaders Dev Gurung and Hitman Shakya are participating in the meeting from the Unified CPN (Maoist) side.

Similarly, from the Nepali Congress, party president Sushil Koirala, vice-president Ram Chandra Paudel, general secretary Prakash Man Singh and leaders Dr. Ram Sharan Mahat and Dr. Minendra Rijal are participating while the CPN (UML) is represented by party president Jhalanath Khanal, senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal, general secretary Ishwar Pokharel and leader Bhim Rawal.

Deputy Prime Minister and president of the Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (Democratic), Bijaya Kumar Gachchhadar, acting president of the Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (Republican) Raj Kishor Yadav, leader of the Tarai Madhes Democratic Party Hridayesh Tripathi and president of the TYarai Madhes Democratic Party Mahendra Yadav of the Madhesi Front are attending the meeting.

Nepali Congress leader Dr. Rijal said the leaders would hold talks and make attempts to forge consensus by staying at the resort until tomorrow.

Journalists have been provided access only up to three kilometres of the resort.RSS

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