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Task force formed to forge consensus



KATHMANDU: In last-ditch effort to forge consensus, a meeting of the four major fronts, including Madhes-based parties, today decided to form a four-member task force to find a common understanding on the disputed issues.

The task force includes Nepali Congress General Secretary Krishna Prasad Sitaula, CPN-UML Vice-chairman Bhim Rawal, Unified CPN-Maoist General Secretary Krishna Bahadur Mahara and Sadbhawana Party Co-Chairman Laxman Lal Karna.

Following today’s meeting held at Baluwatar, former chairman of CPN-UML Jhalanath Khanal said the CA would put the contentious issues to vote if the task force failed to forge consensus.

Khanal said the four-member task force had to be formed, as top leaders of major parties were finding it difficult to forge consensus.

Earlier, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala held separate meetings with UCPN-M Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal and CPN-UML Chair KP Sharma Oli.

UCPN-M Vice-chair Narayan Kaji Shrestha said the task force was formed to forge consensus on contentious issues of the constitution, while UML Vice-chair and member of the task force Bhim Rawal said the task force would try its best to forge consensus on disputed issues of the constitution, as well as the remaining tasks of the peace process.

The task force has two days to prepare its report and its first meeting has been scheduled for Friday morning. The top leaders would also continue with their bilateral, trilateral and multilateral consultations to find common ground to ensure timely constitution, said NC Deputy General Secretary Purna Bahadur Khadka.

UML Chair KP Oli said consensus was not possible on matters that would affect national integrity.

According to UCPN-M Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s Personal Secretary Chudamani Khadka, Dahal today raised the issue of an all-party conference in the four-party meeting so as to include all the parties outside the Constituent Assembly, including Mohan Baidhya-led CPN-Maoist and Netra Bikram Chand-led CPN Maoist in the constitution-making process.

Earlier, Baidhya-led CPN-Maoist had boycotted the all-party conference, claiming that the government organised the conference just for sake of forming it.

NC Deputy General Secretary Purna Bahadur Khadka, however, said Dahal had not raised the issue of all-party conference.

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