KATHMANDU: The meeting between the Nepali Congress (NC) and the UCPN-Maoist ended inclusively on Friday after top guns of both the parties refused to budge from their earlier stance over the basis of federating the country during the process of state restructuring.
In the meeting held at the residence of Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, NC leaders reiterated on their party's official stance of federalism sans unitary ethnicity identity but federalism on the basis of economic viability and geography, while Maoists pressed for
identity-based provinces. But in today's meeting leaders seem to have inched closer on the
number of provinces, sources confirmed. NC and the Maoists have reached closer that the constitution will provision 11 states but the basis of the federalism is still a thorny issue, confirmed a privy source to today's meet. NC leaders had thronged Dahal's residence the day after some NC lawmakers representing ethnic, indigenous and minority communities
decided to defy the party's official line of federalism and vote as per their preference in the CA full House on the disputed issues.