Prez meets top leaders; no consensus likely as gaps between ruling and oppositions not narrowed down

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KATHMANDU: After a long gap, Nepal’s President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav and Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai today held discussions regarding the way to end the ongoing political debate. The political and constitutional crises in the country is deepening due to power -centric politics of the major political parties, analysts believe.

The opposition parties are taking to the streets and obstructing the Prime Minister’s visits to the districts while the coalition parties have also denied the oppositions’ demand to quit the government.

During the meeting held at the President’s Office, two two discussed the  ways to end the ongoing political and constitutional crises, it is said.

Briefly talking to media after the discussions with the President, Prime Minister Dr. Bhattarai said discussions were underway to hold the CA elections by May after ending the present deadlock. The  Prime Minister said the only way to end the present crises is to focus on elections, not the government’s resignation.

After the meeting with the Prime Minister, the President also discussed with the top leaders of the major political parties and asked why the consensus was elusive and encouraged the leaders to forge consensus.

Top leaders of the UCPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress and CPN (UML) had reached the President’s Office to meet the head of the state.

After the meeting, the opposition leaders traded charges against the government and ruling parties while the UCPN (Maoist) leaders say that the opposition parties were fearing from the elections.

Talking to media, NC vice-president Ram Chandra Poudel said the President should take a concrete step to end the crisis as the President’s siding for the coalition parties has also lingering the stalemate.