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Political deadlock: Nepal president invites top leaders for talks

Publication Date : 30-09-2012

 

Nepal's President Ram Baran Yadav has invited top leaders of 18 political parties at his residence today to draw their attention towards the protracted political deadlock.

The president will urge parties to fix a deadline for forging consensus on the election government and election date, according to President’s Press Advisor Rajendra Dahal.

Apart from leaders of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), Nepali Congress, Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist and the Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha, the president has invited top guns from the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist and Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal for discussion.

“Top leaders had earlier assured the president that they would soon arrive at consensus. Hence the President would ask them about the progress they have made towards resolving the impasse,” said Dahal.

Another aide to the president said Yadav would express dissatisfaction over the infighting among parties that has overshadowed recent cross-party talks.

President Yadav had invited top leaders of three major parties and the Madhesi Morcha for similar discussion on September 16 and asked them to strike a deal on fresh CA elections.

Top leaders of the major parties on September 19 had expressed their willingness to go for fresh elections instead of reinstating the Constituent Assembly (CA).

However, cross-party talks hit a snag after top leaders were divided on the candidate to lead a national unity government for conducting polls.

Both UCPN (Maoist) and the Nepali Congress have staked a claim to the leadership of the next government and that has marred the consensus-building efforts.

The ruling Maoist party and the Madhesi Morcha are gearing up for election campaign while the NC, UML and the CPN-Maoist have teamed up for a joint struggle.

CPN-Maoist has however said it will not actively participate in the anti-government demonstrations but would engage in its own "movement for national sovereignty".

The relationship between NC and the Mohan Baidya-led Maoist party has soured after the latter last week announced prohibition on the movement of Indian vehicles and screening of Hindi movies in Nepal.

 

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