UML, Maoist Center top leaders discuss formation of National Assembly


KATHMANDU, Oct 10: The CPN (UML) and CPN (Maoist) which recently along with the Nayashakti announced the electoral alliance for the nearing elections to the House of Representatives and State Assemblies have decided to develop common agenda for the National Assembly election.

A meeting held between the two parties at the UML’s parliamentary party office in Singha Durbar today discussed the issues relating to the formation of the National Assembly and its model.

Senior legal practitioners and former Attorney General were also present in the meeting.

The meeting focused on the discussions about whether adopting the majority electoral system or single transferable vote in the National Assembly election.

Talking to media persons following the meeting, lawmaker Ramnarayan Bidari confirmed the discussions about the formation of the National Assembly and electoral process in the two parties’ meeting.

In the meeting, top leaders of both parties exchanged views on constitutional arrangements for the National Assembly election and coping with adversities seen towards that end.

Following the forging of the electoral alliance among the UML, Maoist Center and the Nayashakti, the major ruling party Nepali Congress has expressed its views to go with the formation process of the National Assembly on the basis of single transferable vote.

The Constitution has guaranteed the formation of a 59-member National Assembly and among them, 56 shall be appointed through the election while three enter there through the nomination.

Likewise, during the meeting, top leaders of both political parties held consultations with the legal practitioners regarding the government preparation to remove ministers from the Maoist Center or expanding the size of the Cabinet. Legal practitioners were of the view that the government lacked legal ground to reshuffle the government when the election code of conduct is already into force and due to other constitutional and political reasons.

UML chair KP Sharma Oli, UML vice chair Bamdev Gautam, parliamentary party deputy leader Subas Nembang and former law minister Agni Kharel were present in the meeting. Likewise, Maoist Center Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal and leader Narayan Kaji Shrestha represented the party in the meeting where former Attorney General Raman Kumar Shrestha was also summoned. RSS