Second rung leaders discuss federalism row

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Apr 22, 2015-

The second rung leaders of the major political parties are engaged in discussions as their top leaders could not sit for talks to resolve the row over federalism.

A meeting of the leaders on Wednesday made an understanding to make public a commitment that the row would be resolved based on consensus before the Constituent Assembly (CA) starts the statute drafting process. Leaders said the informal understanding was made in order to assure the UCPN (Maoist) leadership, which is still worried that the Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML might move ahead with majoritarian process once the CA proceedings begin.

During the meeting, UCPN (Maoist) leaders expressed concerns over whether the ruling parties could move ahead based on majority process. “We are building trust among parties. It will pave a way out of the existing deadlock though it may take some time,” UML leader Gokarna Bista said. Top leaders of the major parties have already agreed to start statute drafting process putting aside the unresolved issue of federalism and continue talks to bridge the existing gap. “Positive atmosphere is developing after senior leaders expressed commitment to move ahead on the basis of consensus. The ongoing talks will give a way out,” said Forest Minister Mahesh Acharya.

Leaders who attended the Wednesday’s meeting said both the second rung leaders and senior leaders will sit for talks separately before starting CA proceedings on Thursday morning.

Published: 23-04-2015 08:47

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