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Nepal Maoist chief proposes 3-pronged plan to end stalemate
Publication Date : 27-10-2012
Chairman of Nepal’s Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has presented a "political roadmap" to President Ram Baran Yadav, seeking the latter's support in ending the political and constitutional deadlock.
Dahal went to Sheetal Niwas, the official residence of the president, Thursday afternoon to brief the head of state on the different alternatives that his party thinks are "suitable" to bail the country out of the crises.
In his proposal handed over to the president in writing, Dahal has reiterated promulgation of a new constitution by reviving the Constituent Assembly (CA) and by incorporating issues that have been agreed upon.
He said his party will accept an Nepali Congress-led government only after the promulgation of a new constitution through the CA.
Dahal has also proposed holding fresh CA elections if parties fail to agree on giving the CA a new lease of life.
He further suggested amending the Interim Constitution and electoral laws through ordinances on the basis of a larger political agreement.
At a time when the major parties are wrangling over the leadership of a new government that will hold fresh polls, the Maoist chairman, in his proposal, said an "apolitical government" led by civil society representatives or former justices could be formed if consensus eludes the parties.
UCPN (Maoist) leader Haribol Gajurel said Dahal's proposal keeps both alternatives – revival of the CA and fresh elections – open.
During the meeting, President Yadav urged Dahal to take initiatives to end the deadlock.
According to sources, Yadav stressed more on fresh elections over CA reinstatement.
In his proposal, Dahal has underlined the need to form a Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
"Political consensus is all I need. You should engage with political parties to reach an understanding," President's Press Advisor Rajendra Dahal quoted Yadav as telling the Maoist chief.
On Friday, Dahal discussed the proposal with Nepali Congress Vice President Ram Chandra Poudel. He is scheduled to hold talks with NC President Sushil Koirala and Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist Chairman Jhala Nath Khanal today.
"He did not come up with new issues but requested us to strike early agreement either on CA reinstatement or fresh elections," NC leader Poudel told the Post.
Maoist leaders said the new political proposal floated by the party is designed to kick start the "give and take negotiations" among the parties.