TIKA R PRADHAN
KATHMANDU: The meeting of the major parties today failed to find common ground on forming the high-level political committee after the ruling coalition proposed that
the committee should also include CPN-ML and Rastriya Prajatantra Party, along with Madhes-based parties.
Prime Minister Sushil Koirala had called a meeting of three major parties — Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and Unified CPN-Maoist — at his official residence this morning in a bid to forge consensus on the demands of the opposition parties and ending the ongoing House obstruction before leaving for New York.
However, the talks failed, as the issue of including Madhes-based parties in the HLPC, could not be resolved.
Chief Whip of the UCPN-M Parliamentary Party Giriraj Mani Pokhrel said the talks between the major parties held in Baluwatar and on the CA premises failed because the ruling coalition proposed inclusion of fringe parties – CPN-ML and Rastriya Prajatantra Party – in the HLPC. UCPN-M was ready to accept CPN-ML, as it was a constituent of the then Seven Party Alliance, but was not ready to include RPP in HLPC.
Pokhrel said the coalition was also not ready to provide compensation to the victims of conflict and endorse land transactions during the conflict period.
According to Agni Kharel, chief whip of CPN-UML Parliamentary Party, leaders are inching closer but have not yet reached consensus because the opposition parties have failed to convince the coalition partners on the significance of including Madhes-based parties in HLPC. He wondered if Madhes-based parties could be included why not others.
He said discussion on the composition of HLPC would continue at 3:00pm in Singha Durbar on Saturday.
Earlier, UCPN-M and Madhes-based parties met at UCPN-M Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s residence. Co-chairman of Nepal Sadbhawana Party Laxman Lal Karna said they were ready to accept CPN-ML in HLPC, as the party was involved in the people’s movement, but not RPP.
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