KATHMANDU: The major political forces are holding internal meetings to discuss a deal on federalism and forms of governance that they sketched out at the Prime Minister’s Office in Singha Durbar on Monday afternoon
It is highly likely that they strike the deal today itself if the three major parties –UCPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress and CPN-UML—and United Democratic Madhesi Front manage to get it endorsed from their parties.
Earlier, the three parties held a joint meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office from 12 pm to 4 pm to agree upon building up 11 Pradheshes.
The meeting scheduled for 5:30 pm today is expected to make a final agreement on the number of states, their names and boundaries.
Emerging from the meeting, CPN-UML leader Madhav Kumar Nepal said the parties are holding talks very seriously and putting maximum efforts to reach an agreement on federalism.
Nepali Congress Vice President and Parliamentary Party leader Ram Chandra Paudel informed that the parties maintained their stance on the number of states at today’s joint meeting.
Nepali Congress General Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula, however, told the media that the parties are close to 11 states and that today’s talks have increased the possibility of promulgation of new constitution on Mary 27.