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Parties expedite bilateral talks prior big four meet


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File photo of dissolved Constituent Assembly, which parties are striving to revive through consensus


KATHMANDU: Major political parties will be expediting a series of bi-, tri- lateral talks today as an endeavor to reach to an understanding on the issues attached to federalism and issue a new constitution by resurrecting the dissolved Constituent Assembly(CA).

Major parties have already pledged President Dr Ram Baran Yadav that if consensus on unsettled issues related to the new constitution could not be forged by today, the parties would initiate talks on forming a consensus government that will hold fresh polls.

Top leaders of the ruling parties-- UCPN-Maoist and the United Democratic Madhesi Front --are meeting at Baluwatar after 9:00 am to build a common stance over the contentious issues of federalism prior attending the four parties meet scheduled for the afternoon. They are for 10 or 14 pradeshes with maximum of two pradeshes in the Tarai Madhes region while federating the country.

It has been also learnt that they will also dwell on the process of conducting a fresh poll to elect a new CA saying the talks over reinstating the dissolved CA is making little headway.

Similarly, oppositions--Nepali Congress and CPN-UML—will also be holding a meeting to tackle to ruling parties. NC has called for either six pradeshes as proposed by the party earlier or 11 pradeshes as per the May 15 six-point agreement. While, UML has its own proposal of seven pradeshes.

The four parties are scheduled to sit for talks today at 3:00pm, according to NC Vice-president Ramchandra Paudel.

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