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Nepal bigwigs vow to forge political consensus by mid-Oct

Publication Date : 01-10-2012


Top brass leaders of Nepal's political parties have once again promised they would forge consensus by mid-October to break the existing political deadlock.

The leaders made such resolution during the talks convened at the President’s official residence in Sheetal Niwas yesterday.

Worried by the sharp division between the political parties, President Ram Baran Yadav had invited the top leaders of 18 political parties at his office to draw their attention towards the protracted political deadlock.

According to President’s Press Advisor Rajendra Dahal, the president enquired about the progress being made towards resolving the deadlock and urged the parties to resolve the deadlock.

“The steering of the nation is in your [political parties'] hand. Please tell me how can I support you. I am ready to do anything. But you have to take the responsibility for that,” said a leader quoting the president as telling the meeting.

Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-Maoist) Chairman Puspa Kamal Dahal, Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala, Vice President Ram Chandra Poudel, Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) Chairman Jhala Nath Khanal, senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal are present in the meeting.

Similarly, CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidhya, leader Dev Gurung, Deputy Prime Minister Bijay Kumar Gachchhadar, Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (Nepal) Chairman Upendra Yadav, Minister for Information and Communication Raj Kishor Yadav, Nepal Peasants and Workers Party Chairman Narayan Man Bijukchhe, Sadbhavana Party Chairman Rajendra Mahato are also present in the meeting.

Likewise, Vice President Paramananda Jha was also present in the meeting.

Last week,  the alliance of 13 opposition parties have said that they would announce agitation programmes to unseat the government.

Earlier on September 19, the parties had expressed their willingness to go for fresh Constituent Assembly (CA) elections instead of reinstating the dissolved CA. They had assured they would forge consensus as soon as possible.

Despite the agreement to go for fresh elections, the parties are locking their horns over the formation of the oft-repeated consensus government, mainly the candidate to lead the government that will conduct the CA elections.


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