KATHMANDU: The ruling coalition partners--UCPN-Maoist and the United Democratic Madhesi Front-- (UDMF) have agreed to settle the thorny issues in statute through voting in the Constituent Assembly (CA).
Although the big wigs including the two big oppositions- the Nepali Congress(NC) and the CPN-UML had earlier agreed to try both the options: putting contentious issues to vote and seeking consensus through dialogue, now Maoists and the alliance of Terai-based parties seem to prefer the former.
In the meeting held at the residence of Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal in Lazimpat on Tuesday morning, Maoist and UDMF concluded with a note to make a last ditch attempt to forge consensus with NC and the CPN-UML today.
If they fail to find common ground, then issues will be settled through voting at CA.
The four political forces will sit together after 1 pm today, said Minister for Information and Communications Raj Kishor Yadav.
The NC and the UML have already expressed their disappointments at Maoist’s proposal of 10 pradeshes, which Maoists believe will be carved out on single ethnic-based identity as backed by agitating ethnic groups and United Democratic Madhesi Front.
Meanwhile, a meeting of the Problem Resolution Sub-Committee headed by Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal has been also convened for 4 pm today while the meetings of CA and legislature-parliament are still uncertain owing to the NEFIN bandh.