Nepal President parleys with top leaders to build



Kathmandu: Nepalese President Ram Baran Yadav on Sunday met top leaders of all the 27 political parties from the dissolved Constituent Assembly for the first time and asked them to forge consensus at the earliest to end the present political impasse.

"The President has asked the top leaders of all political parties to forge consensus without wasting time and help to rescue the country from the current stalemate," the president's press advisor Rajendra Dahal told a news agency.

Top leaders of 27 political parties including UCPN-Maoist chief Prachanda, Nepali Congress president Sushil Koirala, CPN-UML chairman Jhalanath Khanal and senior Madhesi leaders attended the meeting convened at Rastrapati Bhawan at Sheetal Niwas this morning.

The ongoing peace process, constitution drafting and formation of a national government were mainly featured during the meeting, Nepali Congress sources said.

On the occasion, opposition leaders mainly those from Nepali Congress and CPN-UML have asked the president to initiate the process forming a consensus government to end the current political crisis, said the sources.

"We have asked the president to take initiative to form a consensus government as per the five point deal by dissolving the caretaker government led by prime minister Bhattarai," said Nepali Congress vice-chairman Ramchandra Poudel.

Under the five point agreement reached among the major political parties some six months ago, Nepali Congress should get the chance to lead the national government, he added.

Nepal is passing through a serious constitutional crisis as the country failed to promulgate a constitution and there is no elected body after the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly towards May end.

The Election Commission has already expressed its inability to conduct the new election on November 22 as announced by the prime minister in absence of supporting rules and regulations.

The opposition parties have been exerting pressure on the prime minister to step down saying that the caretaker government has no authority to make major decisions including conducting the new election.

This is for the first time that all the 27 political parties representing the dissolved Constituent Assembly came together and held serious consultation to end the ongoing political crisis after the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly.

PTI