Jul 4, 2012

Nepal: Four Party talks fail, agreed to meet once again

By Telegraph Nepal

Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal of Unified Maoists Party has proposed ‘a four point package solution’ to end present political dispute.

This he proposed at the four party meeting, July 3, 2012.

First, resolve disputed issues of constitution drafting; second, another constituent assembly election to promulgate the new constitution; third, formation of a national unity government and lastly allow government to bring full-fledged budget.

The NC and UML leaders present at the meet questioned Dahal if his party vice chairman Baburam was ready to forward his resignation first?

Very tricky question.

The four party meeting had began exactly at 6:30 in the evening at Chairman Dahal’s bungalow in Lazimpat, Kathmandu and lasted for almost two hours.

PM Baburam was also present at the meeting.

Alcohol was served or not has not been made public though.

Bhattarai replied, “I have already said in my meetings with the political leadership and people from various sectors that I will resign only if parties reach consensus.”

JNU trick.

At the meeting, the Maoists and Madhesi leaders insisted that all impending issues of disputes should be resolved in a package whereas the NC and UML leaders demanded PM Baburam’s resignation first.

Package phenomenon is disgusting.

“We have already said that we are positive towards the formation of a Nepali Congress led government. But before that let us resolve contentious constitution drafting issues, the process of drafting constitution and the new election…all in a package,” Dahal intervened.

As if package in being imported from an alien land?

“In order to rebuild confidence between parties, prime minister’s resignation should be made the kickoff point. If we allow him present the budget he will not resign later,” said President Sushil Koirala of Nepali Congress.

Old man has the logic.

“We will not take part in the election. Election is impossible. If we want to resolve disputes let us hold further talks but the Prime Minister should resign first,” Chairman Jhalnath of UML told at the meeting.
Old vengeance revisited.

“The likelihood of consensus is minimal. The present ruling alliance is not at all worried. They want to continue stick to power,” also claimed Khanal.

Khanal talked sense.

Naryan Kaji of Unified Maoists told the media that the UML leaders presented themselves in a tough manner though the NC leaders exhibited some flexibility at the meeting.

The party of the four parties thus ended. Yet they all agreed to meet for one more sitting. The venue of the next meet yet remains to be agreed in package.


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