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Parties continue their efforts for consensus; decides to show maximum flexibility for consensus


KATHMANDU: Although the High Level Political Committee, the cross-party taskforce of four major political parties formed to assist the Chief Justice led election government, is yet to make progress in the talks with agitating parties, leaders of four major political parties continued their efforts to bring the dissenting groups on board for holding the elections of the constituent assembly on time.

In similar bid, senior leaders of Nepali Congress and CPN-Maoist held discussion on how to resolve the ongoing political stalemate of the country and how to make the ongoing talks between the HLPC and dissenting parties.

During the meeting held between the NC senior leader Sher Bahadur Deuba, NC Vice President Ram Chandra Paudel and CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidya, General Secretary, Netra Bikram Chand held at NC leader Poudel’s residence at Boharatar in the capital, on Friday, they held talks on forging consensus over issues regarding the election , constitution, and current political transition.

It is learnt that the CPN-Maoist leaders urged the NC leaders to do homework on issues of election, constitution and reach to conclusion rather than conclude the talks in a hasty manner. Similarly, the NC leaders are learnt to have urged the CPN-Maoist to join the second Constituent Assembly (CA) election process and move ahead forging consensus to hold the CA election on November 19.

However, both of the parties are learnt to have agreed to make the ongoing talks between the HLPC and poll-opposing parties conclusive. The talks between both the sides could not bear any fruit as both the sides remain adamant to their stances. The poll opposing parties have been demanding resignation of the Chief Justice led government, deferring the November 19 poll among others while the HLPC has been saying that these two demands are not acceptable. With the ongoing row between both the factions it seems almost impossible that the election would take place on November 19.

Talking to journalists Chairman of the CPN-Maoist , Baidya, said his party put forth their demands in the meeting, claiming that the CPN-Maoist was not against the election but it was in favor of it, if the major political parties agree to address their demands and are ready to make a framework of the constitution.

The CPN-Maoist had made it clear that it would not join the election process in status quo. Both of the parties stressed on forging consensus while the CPN-Maoist urged not to make decision in haste, said NC Vice-president Paudel.

“We urged the CPN-Maoist leaders to join election process to hold election on November 19, as there is no alternative to election as it is the only medium to give an outlet to current political impasse,” said NC leader Paudel.

Meanwhile UCPN-Maoist and CPN-UML have agreed to take joint initiatives to convince the agitating parties, including CPN-Maoist, over the Constituent Assembly election.

At a meeting of the two parties held on Friday at personal residence of UML senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal at Koteshwor, the UCPN-Maoist and CPN-UML agreed to expedite talks with the dissidents so as to ensure latter’s participation in the election. According to leader Nepal, the two parties dwelt on the proposals floated at the HLPC and discussed the possible ways to address the dissidents’ demands.

The meeting, however, concluded that any demand that would affect the November 19 election cannot be fulfilled. According to Nepal, UCPN-Maoist and CPN-UML decided to hold talks with the dissidents with much flexibility till the last moment.

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