KATHMANDU, AUG 05 – President Ram Baran Yadav held a five-hour long joint discussion with the leaders of 27 political parties represented in the dissolved Constituent Assembly (CA) on Sunday.
The president invited the leaders for the meeting after the parties failed to forge consensus to end the deadlock even after two months have passed following the dissolution of the CA.
Even though the president urged the leaders to realise their responsibility towards the nation, the leaders stuck to their guns.
Some of the leaders emerged after putting forth their views at the meting. Though Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai went out of the meeting held at the president’s office in Sheetal Niwas, he returned after about half-an-hour. Nepali Congress leader Sher Bahadur Deuba, Deputy Prime Minister Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar, NC central leader Ram Sharan Mahat also walked out the meeting before it was over.
Maoist Chairman Dahal
UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal said the president is serious about resolving the current deadlock. He said the president expressed his desire to hear next time that the parties have forged consensus. “We said we will try and work towards that end,” said Dahal.
NC President Sushila Koirala
“There is no alternative to consensus. All the parties should work towards that,” said Koirala. He said that Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai’s saying that he is ready to quit if all the parties arrive at consensus.”
UML Chairman Jhalanath Khanal
“First of all, the caretaker government should resign for consensus. The road should be cleared. The government has already become a failure after it admitted its failure to conduct the elections announced earlier. “The prime minister should create room for accommodating all the parties.
UML leader Madhav Kumar Nepal
“The president has wished that all the political parties came together. We suggested the prime minister that he should rather give creative advises instead of being a mute spectator.”
NC leader Sher Bd. Deuba
“Some leaders talk about constitution, while others talk about government. But we [NC] say that the president should take some steps.”
NC Veep Ram Chandra Poudel
“Discussions are being held to forge consensus. We have been trying to diffuse the crisis on the basis of past agreements. There are also discussions on what should be done after the formation a new government. But I don’t think the parties will arrive at consensus anytime soon.
MJF-L Chairman Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar
“I said that there was no alternative to fresh mandate. There should be election every five years in a democratic country. It has been five years since the Constituent Assembly election was held. Now, a national consensus government should be formed by searching legal and constitutional solution as the proposed November has been deemed impossible.”
RPP Chairman Pashupati Sumsher Rana
“There is a need for two-pronged agreement. Firstly, the framework of a consensus should be built. And secondly the constitutional void should be filled by forming a consensus government. The issue of whether to go for Constituent Assembly election or Parliamentary election should be discussed later.
RPP-N Cahirman Kamal Thapa
There is no alternative to going for a fresh mandate. For that, an impartial should election government should formed. The president was worried that the past two months and seven days remained ineffectiv
CPN-ML Chairman CP Mainali
The prime minister said that he had no desire to stay in the government. He complained that the parties did not support him to amend interim constitution, write new constitution, hold election and bring budget for the current fiscal year. Ekantipur