HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML today reached an understanding to probe the Unified CPN-Maoist’s allegations of rigging during November 19 Constituent Assembly elections by setting up a parliamentary probe panel.
After separate meetings with the Unified CPN-Maoist, the NC and the CPN-UML met in the evening to dwell on their talks with the former. During the two-party meeting, they reached an understanding to positively address the UCPN-M’s allegations from within the CA and not from outside it, sources at NC and UML told THT.
“We want to call the CA session at the earliest and address the demands of the Maoists and others from there itself,” said Congress leader Krishna Prasad Sitaula
after the meeting held at Peace Fund Secretariat. Sources at NC and UML said they were mulling over setting up a parliamentary panel to look into the UCPN-M’s allegations.
Earlier, the leaders of the two parties urged the UCPN-M leaders to join the Constituent Assembly and seek solution to their demands through the CA. UCPN-M has been demanding a high-level independent probe commission to investigate into poll ‘rigging’ and amendment to the Interim Constitution, making consensus, instead of the two thirds majority, necessary to draft new constitution.
During separate meetings held with UCPN-M Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, both the NC and the CPN-UML expressed commitment to respect the achievements of the different movements in the country and urged the UCPN-M leaders to join the CA.
NC Vice-president Ramchandra Paudel said the talks were heading in a positive direction and could bear fruit after a few rounds. NC President Sushil Koirala, General Secretary Krishna Prasad Sitaula, leaders Purna Bahadur Khadka and Chitra Lekha Yadav were present at the meeting, besides Paudel.
UML’s Bamdev Gautam said, “We requested UCPN-M to do a rethink on their stance to remain outside the CA and their refusal to provide names of the candidates for the PR list.”
Senior UCPN-M leader Narayan Kaji Shrestha, however, said the NC and the UML needed to give priority to the formation of a commission to probe rigging in elections to further strengthen the democratic process. “Talks were positive and the parties have agreed to move ahead together but they should consider our demands,” he said, adding that his party never said they would not join the CA.
KATHMANDU: Nepali Congress leader Chitra Lekha Yadav, who participated in a meeting between NC and CPN-UML, said the two parties agreed to rework the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Ordinance, which has been stayed by the Supreme Court, and take it to the Parliament at the earliest. The commission could not be set up in the absence of the bill. Consequently, a number of war-time cases of crime and human rights violation related to the insurgency have not been addressed by the state.