Parties yet to find a solution for Nepal's dodgy political scene

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Kathmandu, Oct 13 (UNI) Nepal's top political parties continued to hold closed-door sessions today to get an amicable solution to the political feud that led to the deferral of the country's November 22 Constituent Assembly elections.

CPN-UML General Secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal, Maoist Chairman Prachanda and Unity Center-Masal General Secretary Prakash held serious discussions early this morning on the alternatives to the motions filed by the Maoists in the special session of the interim parliament, UML leader Ishwor Pokharel was quoted as saying by Kantipur.

However, he did not elaborate on the alternatives discussed by the leaders of the largest leftist parties.

The ways to avert voting on the Maoist motions on proclamation of a republic and fully proportional electoral system through the ongoing special session of the interim parliament were also discussed by the leaders.

The parties have stepped up consultations from Thursday morning.

Since yesterday, the three largest political parties in parliament were engaged in intensive homework throughout the day to explore a meeting point between the Maoist demands.

Bilateral meetings between the NC and UML, the UML and the Maoists and the NC and Maoists delved into how to ensure a safe-landing for the Maoist proposal in parliament without dividing the parties between for and against the proposal.

The crucial November 22 elections to an assembly to draft a new constitution for the country were put off for an indefinite period last Friday after Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala rejected the Maoists new ''pre-requisites'' for the elections outright.

Last November, the parties had agreed on a mixed electoral system and deciding the fate of the institution of monarchy through the first meeting of the elected CA.

Though the major parties have stepped up consultations to provide safe landing to the proposals, the Maoists have threatened to start a peaceful revolt if the motions are crushed in the House.


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