Parties make last effort to rescue Nepal

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 21:55

Kathmandu: Nepal`s three major political parties - UCPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress and CPN-UML – on Wednesday launched a "last ditch" effort to find a way out from the present political stalemate following the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly without promulgating the new statute.

Maoist chief Prachanda revealed that the top leaders of UCPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress and CPN-UML had started serious consultations to find a way out from the current stalemate.

"We are making last ditch to sort out differences on the contentious issues of the constitution within a few days for promulgating the constitution by reinstating the Constituent Assembly and if that efforts fail, there is no other way than going for a fresh election to the Constituent Assembly by forming a national government through consensus," he said.

There is no other way than moving forward by pursuing the politics of consensus, collaboration and unity among the political parties, he said on Wednesday hours after the three party meeting.

Meanwhile, Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala has asked the Maoists "to be sincere and honest in implementing past agreements and understandings related to the peace process".

He asked "Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai to step down from the top post to pave way for formation of a national consensus government so as to create an atmosphere of trust among the political parties."

While Former Prime Minister and senior leader of CPN-UML Madhav Kumar Nepal has said all the "political parties should be serious about drafting the constitution by sorting out differences through dialogue".

He asked Bhattarai to step down to end the environment of mistrust among the political parties and to find a way out.

The issues relating to drafting the constitution, formation of a national government and resolving of key issues relating to federal structure could be sought through a package deal, he said.

The Constituent Assembly was dissolved on May 27 without promulgating the new Constitution after the major political parties failed to forge consensus on deciding about the type of federal structure to be incorporated in the statute.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 21:55

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