Print Edition - 2012-11-03  |  The Economist

Don’t waste more time: Prez

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Nov 2, 2012-

President Ram Baran Yadav on Thursday asked top leaders of major parties to strike agreement on a political roadmap without delay.

He invited top leaders of three major parties and the Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha to Sheetal Niwas to pile ‘additional pressure’ on them to reach an understanding on ending the impasse. Yadav appealed to the leaders to make serious efforts to end the constitutional and political crises.

“We have already wasted five months by failing to find consensus. The parties must not further waste time,” President’s Press Advisor Rajendra Dahal quoted Yadav as telling the leaders.

He also called upon the parties to hammer out a deal on the budget before mid-November and expressed concern that a disagreement on the issue would have a negative impact on even the state machineries.

“There is no constitutional basis for me to endorse a budget in the absence of an understanding among the parties,” Yadav told the leaders.

He urged them to strike an agreement on the political course after November 22, the date fixed by the government for holding elections.

During the one-and-a-half-hour-long discussions, the party leaders briefed the President on the efforts they have been making to end the deadlock and reassured the head of state that they will soon reach an understanding.

UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala, CPN-UML Chairman Jhala Nath Khanal and Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (Loktantrik) Chairman Bijay Kumar Gachhadar  told the President that the parties have almost struck consensus on conducting fresh Constituent Assembly elections in mid-April.

They also told Yadav that their efforts were stuck over differences on a candidate to lead a national unity government.

“The government must resign and a national unity government formed to revive the trust level that has declined after the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly,” Koirala said.

Khanal said PM Baburam Bhattarai must resign for failing to hold the polls on November 22, the date he had set while dissolving the CA on May 27.

Gachhadar said the country will go for next elections in April and that the parties will strike a deal on a candidate to lead an election government by November 30.

Published: 03-11-2012 08:46

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