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PM Koirala urges Dahal to shun protests
Apr 5, 2015-
Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has urged UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal to agree on initiating the constitution drafting process by incorporating issues resolved so far and continue discussions on unresolved issues such as the model of federalism.
In a meeting between two leaders, PM Koirala tried to convince Dahal, who also leads 30-party opposition alliance, on starting the CA proceedings and eventually voting over disputed issues of the new constitution.
The Maoists leaders, however, turned down the proposal demanding to resolve all the issues in ‘package’. “He stressed on the need of continuing negotiations and resolving disputed issues in a deal,” said a source close to Dahal.
The request from the head of the government comes a day after the ruling parties reached a conclusion to start the voting process, after rounds of futile negotiations on how to federate the country in the new setup. The ruling parties, which command a two-third majority in the CA, want to resolve the disputed issues of the constitution through voting, against the opposition bloc’s stand to seek consensus on federalism at the political level.
The opposition bloc has warned of street protests against the government if the voting process is initiated without seeking consensus on disputed issues.
In Sunday’s meeting, PM Koirala suggested the Maoist-led opposition front to shun protest programmes.
Published: 06-04-2015 08:54