LALITPUR: The political parties have been expediting their efforts for bringing poll opposing parties to board for holding the elections of the constituent assembly. The major political parties representing at the High Level Political Committee (HLPC) have started inter-party discussion within the Committee to find common ground on the demands put forth by the agitating parties.
In such a bid to find consensus on the demands raised by poll opposing parties, the Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN-UML held discussions on Sunday in their bid to forge a common stance apropos to the proposal floated by the agitating political parties at the formal talks to over the forthcoming polls.
In a meeting of top leaders of both the parties agreed to exhibit utmost flexibility towards the dissidents’ demands. They, however, maintained their stance against the postponement of November polls.
Emerging from the meeting that went for nearly two hours, senior NC leader Dr Ram Sharan Mahat informed that there was discussion on how to bring the CPN-M led alliance to the negotiating table and forge understanding with them so as to ensure a free, fair and smooth election.
President of NC, Sushil Koirala, General Secretary, Krishna Sitaula, leader Ram Sharan Mahat, former Prime Minister and senior leader of UML, Madhav Kumar Nepal, General Secretary, Ishwor Pokhrel, and leader Raghuji Pant attended the meeting.
Of late, major political parties have intensified inter- and intra- party discussions to forge a common stance regarding the proposal of agitating parties.
According to party source, both the parties however decided all the demands –ranging from dissolution of the current election government led by Khil Raj Regmi to cancelling the upcoming election altogether – raised by CPN-Maoist and other poll-opposing parties can’t be fulfilled. He said only the 11-point and 25-point agreements between the four major parties could be amended as per the demand of the disgruntled parties.
The meeting comes a day after the Nepali Congress said it is not ready to discuss the postponement of the November 19 elections with the disgruntled political parties, but some of their demands could be considered. An informal meeting of the central working committee (CWC) held at party president Sushil Koirala’s Maharajgunj residence on Saturday concluded that there can be no discussion with the 33-party front and other disgruntled groups on the election date.
Although the four major parties are yet to agree with the dissenting parties for holding the elections, Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala, upon his arrival from week-long India visit claimed that the election should be held on November 19 as announced by the Government at any cost.
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