Meeting of five major political parties ends inconclusively


Kathmandu : A meeting of major political parties held to forge consensus on National Assembly formation election process ended inconclusively.

The meeting of top leaders of the five major political parties held at the official residence of the Prime Minister at Baluwatar discussed on the ordinance related to formation of National Assembly which is stuck at the office of the President, and the formation of a new government.

On the occasion, Nepali Congress senior leader Ram Chandra Poudel said that the Nepali Congress, Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal and Federal Socialist Forum Nepal are in favour of the single transferable voting system for National Assembly election.

Poudel said, “There is still dispute over the ordinance sent to the Office of the President by the government. We put forth our views. The election of House of Representatives would be completed only after the issue of ordinance related to formation of National Assembly and it will pave the way for the formation of a new government.”

Saying all parties except CPN (UML) are agreed for single transferable vote, he said the incumbent government has been urged to pave way for handing over the power.

Similarly, CPN (Maoist Centre) leader Narayankaji Shrestha said that Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba urged for the consensus in the ordinance and no consensus was forged in this regard.

Leader Shrestha said that discussion was also held regarding formation of a new government after people’s mandate of elections.

Likewise, another NC leader Bimalendra Nidhi said that before the meeting of five political parties, a meeting among NC, RJP-Nepal and Forum Nepal was held where an understanding was reached regarding single transferable vote.
Present in the meeting were NC President and Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, CPN (UML) Chair KP Sharma Oli, CPN (Maoist Centre) Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Presidium Coordinator of RJP-Nepal Mahantha Thakur and Chairperson of Federal Socialist Forum Nepal Upendra Yadav, among others. RSS