Print Edition - 2015-02-19 | Nation
UCPN (M) plans on informal talks
- ca deadlock
Feb 18, 2015-
The UCPN (Maoist) is preparing to intensify informal talks with the ruling parties at various levels concluding that there is no prospect of formal talks in the immediate future.
The opposition party leaders said they will adopt multi-lateral approach to prepare the grounds for the formal talks as both sides are not ready to give up their respective position to start formal dialogue.
Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal is consulting his deputies Baburam Bhattarai and Narayan Kaji Shrestha, who are currently outside the Kathmandu, to make preparations for the party’s street protests. According to Maoist leader, Dahal is of the view that there is no alternative to talks even after hitting the street.
Leaders said Dahal will intensify informal talks with Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, CPN-UML leader Jhala Nath Khanal and other top leaders of major parties. Dahal has instructed party’s second-rung leaders Krishna Bahadur Mahara, Barsha Man Pun, Giriraj Mani Pokhrel and Top Bahadur Rayamajhi to reach out to second-rung leaders of ruling parties to prepare grounds for the talks.
Maoist leaders said if formal negotiations are launched without progress in informal talks, it will weaken the street protests. Pokhrel held talks with Constituent Assembly (CA) Chairman Subas Nembang two days ago. Leaders, however, said there is no chance of formal negotiations before the opposition parties’ protests scheduled for February 28.
The opposition front is preparing to show its strength in Kathmandu organising a mass rally. Party leaders said though it has been difficult to resume formal talks, Dahal is desperate to sit for dialogue saying that street protest is just a strategy and there is no alternative to talks. The Maoist chief has publicly said he is under pressure from President Ram Baran Yadav, UN, India, China and civil society members to sit for negotiations.
In a telephone conversation with senior leader Shrestha, Dahal reportedly requested him to make an environment of talks by holding informal negotiations with ruling parties. Shrestha is said to have told Dahal that he will play an active role for the talks after returning to Kathmandu from eastern region on Friday.
Senior leader Baburam Bhattarai, however, has said that there is no chance of dialogue as well as consensus. Speaking at a programme outside Kathmandu, Bhattarai said there is no chance of consensus until parties scrap the ongoing majority process. Dahal and Shrestha, on the other hand, are of the view that a prolonged halt in the majority process of the CA is sufficient to sit for talks.
Published: 19-02-2015 07:30