May 26, 2012 Kathmandu – Much Awaited Multi party meeting which was held in Prime Minister’s Quarter today has declared failed by Maoist party members. There were long discussions, many differences but time is running out for the leaders, as Nepali congress and UML has stick in their old fixed agenda, no further discussion were possible as Maoist vice chair said.
The meeting of the top leaders of the UCPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress, UML and United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) held at Prime Minister’s residence in Baluwater Saturday evening ended without making any progress towards an agreement on the new constitution.
“Talks have failed. The Constituent Assembly could be dissolved,” Maoist vice chairman Narayan Kaji Shrestha said after the talks. Shrestha was tearful as he spoke to the media persons.
He said the Maoist party presented points on which a common ground could be found, but the NC and the UML were not ready to discuss the options.
“They have even refused to attend the CA meeting. Until the end of the meeting, we kept on requesting the leaders of the NC and the UML to settle the issues at the CA if agreement does not evolve,” Shrestha said.
In the meeting, Nepali Congress put forth proposal to federate the country on the basis of multiple identities saying that the NC would reconsider the number of the provinces if they agreed on its new proposal.
Similarly, NC and UML also proposed another option of leaving the task of naming, delineating and determining the number of states to the Federal Commission and the transformed parliament, according to NC vice present Poudel. However, Maoist and Madhesi leaders refused both of the proposals.
Poudel also said that the talks could not move ahead because of the Maoist stance.
The Maoists and Madhesi Front have been saying that 14-state model or 10-state model suggested by the parliamentary committee on state restructuring and State Restructuring Commission respectively, should be adopted while federating the country and issue of the state restructuring should be settled before promulgating the constitution.