Leaders mull reviving Political Committee

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Feb 3, 2015-

Amid the lack of dialogue among the parties, some political leaders have floated the idea to revive the Political Committee for resuming the stalled talks between the ruling and opposition parties.

There has been no formal negotiation between the parties involved in the CA process and those opposing it after the Constituent Assembly formed the Questionnaire Committee to prepare for voting on disputed issues.

The agitating front primarily of Maoist and Madhesi parties has ruled out talks with the ruling Nepali Congress and CPN-UML, and the CA chairman until the present constitution drafting course is corrected. Cross-party leaders have said revival of the Political Committee (PC) could bring both the sides together.

The PC is a cross-party mechanism of top leaders of major parties formed to discuss the remaining tasks of the peace process. Ruling party leaders say UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal can convene its meeting to discuss the contentious constitutional issues.

The platform could be a face-saving alternative for both the ruling and opposition parties. There is pressure on both the sides to resume talks to avoid another conflict in the country.

UCPN (Maoist) senior leader Narayan Kaji Shrestha said efforts are under way to resume talks before the political situation turns from bad to worse. “The Political Committee could be the best platform to initiate negotiations,” he said.

According to leaders, there is immense pressure from the international community on the political parties for dialogue. There is pressure on Dahal too to abandon street agitation in favour of talks. “I have advised the top leaders of the major parties to use the PC platform,” said CA Chairman Subas Nembang. He has urged the second-rung leaders to take initiatives to resume talks through the PC.

Another option being considered is the Questionnaire Committee taking a short break to create an environment for talks. If the committee halts work and Prime Minister Sushil Koirala appeals to the opposition expressing commitment to consensus politics, there can be dialogue, said leaders. Another alternative is intensifying informal talks until the parties reach a deal.

Published: 04-02-2015 09:04

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