Kathmandu, Apr. 25:
Leaders of three major political parties and United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) could not arrive at any agreement on the contentious issues of the new constitution as the first day of the two days given to them by the Constitutional Committee (CC) of the Constituent Assembly for the purpose ended Wednesday.
Four top guns from UCPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and Madhesi Front were assigned to find consensus on the form of governance and federalism.
The meeting of UCPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress (NC), CPN-UML and UDMF held at the Army Integration Special Committee’s hall at New Baneshwor could not come up with a tangible outcome on the form of governance and state restructuring, the most vexing issues of the new constitution waiting to be resolved.
However, leaders claimed they were close to a consensus on the issues of governance and federalism.
Discussions over the issues were moving ahead in a positive way and parties were much closer to a consensus on these twin issues, leaders claimed emerging from the meeting.
NC leader Ram Chandra Paudel informed that the leaders were close to a consensus on the form of governance and state restructuring.
Parties presented different proposals regarding these two topics and discussions were held in different ways, however, they were not widening the gap on these issues, Paudel informed.
"Parties have disputes regarding the names and borders of the federal states, however, they are close to a consensus on the numbers of states, which will be 6 or 7," Paudel said.
CPN-UML chairman Jhalanath Khanal said that parties held discussions seriously to reach a consensus.
"Though today’s meeting could not strike any consensus on the contentious issues, discussions are being held seriously," Khanal said.
According to him, the meeting had been deferred to 1 pm Thursday. Parties would come to a consensus by tomorrow after holding discussions with their respective party leaders before sitting for the major parties’ meeting, he added.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Bijaya Kumar Gachchhadar said that parties would forge a consensus on state restructuring and forms of governance at the same time.
Leaders informed that parties were scheduled to hold bilateral and tripartite meetings involving major
three parties and UDMF sitting for the four-party meeting scheduled for tomorrow.
Earlier, the meeting of major three parties with Madhesi Front had given responsibility to prepare the draft of consensus to the top leaders by Wednesday and present it in the next meeting.
NC leader Arjun Narasingh KC, emerging from the meeting, said that the other three issues including citizenship provision, electoral system, and judiciary that have been agreed upon will be given tangible shape.