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Nepal president urges parties to hold fresh polls
Publication Date : 29-10-2012
Nepal's President Ram Baran Yadav has advised the two opposition parties to go for fresh election s to end the crisis facing the country.
During his separate meetings with Nepali Congress (NC) President Sushil Koirala and Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) Chairman Jhala Nath Khanal yesterday, Yadav expressed his concerns over the current political deadlock and constitutional vacuum in the country.
He urged the leaders to work seriously in order to institutionalise the achievement made through people’s movement.
The nation has been held hostage of indecision due to the debates on whether to hold Constituent Assembly (CA) election or reviving the CA, President Yadav said.
In a meeting with Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala at his official residence in Sheetal Niwas, President Yadav urged the NC leader to try and forge consensus to hold fresh election.
Emerging from the meeting, Koirala said the NC also favoured election and that the party has tabled it as main agenda during political discussions.
Following the meeting with NC leadership, the president met CPN-UML Chairman Jhalanath Khanal during which the latter underscored the need for a national consensus to go for fresh elections.
At the meeting, Khanal opined that the incumbent government should step down to pave way for consensus.
Stating that his party is in favour of holding new election s by forming a national unity government, Khanal said that his party is ready to launch stir if parties fail to forge consensus.
He accused the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) of not abiding by the past agreements.
Though President Yadav has been repeatedly renewing the deadline to forge political consensus, the major political parties have not been able to make headway towards that end.