Return to talks, UML asks oppn

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jan 29, 2015-

The CPN-UML has urged the opposition parties led by the UCPN (Maoist) to return to the negotiation table for seeking consensus on the disputed issues of the constitution writing process.

The party said that although the process to develop a questionnaire on the disputed issues has begun, the party is still in favour of making maximum effort for consensus at the political level.

“Although there is no point in returning from the voting process, we want to consult with the agitating parties before developing the questionnaire to see if consensus can be built,” party Secretary Pradeep Gyawali said after a meeting of the Standing Committee.

Stating that some of the disgruntled parties could back the ruling parties in constitution promulgation, he said the UML had decided to seek the support of like-minded parties even if the Maoists were not convinced.

“Our efforts will be to take interested parties on board if the Maoists continue to oppose till the last moment of constitution writing,” said Gyawali.

Chairman KP Sharma Oli and other UML leaders are in informal talks with the leaders of the opposition parties including the Maoists. They believe that a section of the forces including the Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar-led MJF-Loktantrik could support the ruling camp.

The UML said the procedure to develop a questionnaire on the disputed issues such as federalism, forms of government, electoral system and the judiciary would begin on Saturday as scheduled even if the Maoist party does not join the questionnaire committee.

“There is no going back on developing the questionnaire,” said Standing Committee member Shankar Pokharel. While holding talks with the opposition, the party, however, has reiterated its stance on federalism. “We are firm on our stance on federalism. Other agendas can be negotiated,” said Pokharel.

During the meeting, UML leaders stood for initiating the questionnaire formulation process even if the Maoists do not attend the meeting. The questionnaire committee has yet to take its full shape after the opposition parties did not provide the names of their candidates.

Published: 30-01-2015 09:06

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