Kathmandu, May 7:
Two major ruling parties, UCPN-Maoist and Nepali Congress, Monday urged the other major party, CPN-UML, to join the government as per the five-point agreement that they concluded on May 3.
The ruling parties made this request at the meeting of the three major parties held at Parliamentary Party office of CPN-UML in Singha Durbar. However, the UML responded that it would consider joining the government if the Prime Minister corrected his errors in allocating ministries without consulting it.
The meeting decided to ask the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) of the Legislature Parliament to extend the deadline for settling the disputed issues of the new constitution by two more days for the last time.
The meeting also concluded to intensify the constitution drafting and national consensus government formation process as per the spirit of five point deal.
"The doors to join government are closed for UML at present. If they are open, we will consider joining it," UML chief Jhala Nath Khanal said after the meeting.
NC Parliamentary Party leader Ram Chandra Poudel said that the parties were agreed to start the consensus government formation process and end the pending issues of constitution as per the five-point pact.
He said, "The prime minister realized his mistake while expanding the government in the meeting. He also pledged to recover his weakness."
Poudel said that his party was urging the UML to join the government on the ground of five-point deal.
UCPN-Maoist Vice-chairman and Deputy Prime Minister Narayan Kaji Shrestha said that the parties were ready to resolve the pending issues of constitution and agreed to intensify the constitution drafting process.
He said that the parties were unanimous to make progress by implementing the political agreement and resolving the problems cropping up at the time.
The Prime Minister pledged to move ahead by correcting mistakes after the CPN-UML voiced concern over the PM’s unilateral act of sharing ministries bypassing any consultation with the UML.
CPN-UML leader Bhim Bahadur Rawal said the Prime Minister expressed readiness to correct his mistake and expand the government.
He said that the meeting decided to resolve the remaining contentious issues, forma of governance and state restructuring, of constitution within two days.
He said that the parties also called on all sides carrying on agitation in support and protest of federalism in different parts of the country to suspend the demonstration and come to negotiation table.
Mainly, the meeting urged the demonstrators in the far-western region of the country to suspend their programmes that were affecting normal lives for more than 11 days and explore resolution to the problem through dialogue.
The meeting condemned the police suppression on students at Tri-chandra Campus on Sunday evening and expressed commitment
to take action against the guilty.
Although the top leaders of the Maoists reached out to the UML top brass in the evening and requested to join the government, the meeting held at UML headquarters did not yield any fruits.
Meanwhile, the dispute-resolution sub-committee of the Constitutional Committee also asked for extending the deadline to resolve the disputed issues by two more days for the last time citing that there was possibility of agreement as intensive discussions were underway on the disputed issues.