Ruling parties to discuss new election date with oppns
KATHMANDU, July 25: UCPN (Maoist) and United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) on Wednesday concluded that there is no alternative to holding fresh Constituent Assembly (CA) elections, but said they are ready to negotiate a new date of polls with oppositions during the meeting due later today.
A joint meeting of the coalition partners held at the prime minister’s official residence in Baluwatar this morning also concluded that new parliamentary elections, as demanded by some opposition parties, are not tenable in the existing context when disputes surrounding new constitution are yet to be settled.
According to Sadbhawana Party Chairman Rajendra Mahato, also health minister in the current government, the parties argued that fresh general elections could be held once the political parties forge consensus on outstanding issues of constitution writing, including federalism.
The meeting also ruled out any possibility of formation of a consensus government. It, however, concluded that such a government under Nepali Congress’s leadership could be accepted if the prickly issues of new constitution are resolved first.
A day earlier, the meeting between the NC and the UML had discussed the current political scenario and decided to step up protest against the government. The joint meeting of the opposition parties also decided to hold ´decisive talks´ with the UCPN (Maoist) today and prepare strategy after taking note of the Maoists´ stance.