Nepal’s lead politician fail to zero-in differences to hold CA elections

LALITPUR: A meeting of top leaders of four political forces that took place on Friday to end the persisting political impasse yielded nothing in concrete again.

The leaders could not forge any consensus on the issue of national unity government at the meeting that was held at a house of a Non Resident Nepali in Sanokothi, Lalitpur.

However, they came up with a common view to hold elections to Constituent Assembly (CA) or Legislature-Parliament by coming mid-May, 2013.

Emerging out from the meeting, Vice-chairperson of Unified CPN (Maoist) and Deputy Prime Minister Narayan Kaji Shrestha said the meeting widely discussed from different angles to give outlet to the present impasse and agreed to hold formal meeting again following informal talks among leaders.

The meeting zeroed in on holding fresh elections on coming May, he said, adding that matters related to the process and methods of constitutional amendment required for election were also discussed.

Nepali Congress (NC) Vice-president Ram Chandra Poudel said that the party had put forward a proposal to form election government under NC leadership in line with the five-point deal.

The Unified CPN (Maoist) has indicated that discussion could be initiated to that end, he added.

The ruling parties did not budge from their stance to hold election under the incumbent government while oppositions presented a proposal of forming a national consensus government, said CPN-UML leader Bhim Rawal.

He quoted Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai as saying that he would not be an obstacle if parties come together for a national government. RSS