Nepal PM will not accept any conditional extension of Constituent Assembly

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Kathmandu, May 27 (ANI): Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal on Thursday said that he would not accept any conditions put forth to extend the tenure of the Constituent Assembly (CA).

During the meeting with visiting UK Minister of State for International Development Alan Duncan, Madhav Kumar Nepal said: Violence, use of forces and excesses are unacceptable in democracy. But I am always ready to accept consensus forged among the political parties and its consequences."

Saying that the constitution drafting has been hindered due to the differences among the political parties, Madhav Kumar Nepal said he has always been stressing the need to move ahead in consensus.

Meanwhile, President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav called the leaders of the three major political parties-UCPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML-at his residence in Sheetal Niwas in view of the looming political crisis and urged to move ahead forging consensus by extending the tenure of the Constituent Assembly.

The meeting arrived at the conclusion that the nation has been moving towards conflict and that there was no alternative to consensus to avert constitutional crisis in the event of failure to extend the term of the Constituent Assembly before the deadline.

Dr. Yadav also inquired about the attempts being made to solve the prolonged political deadlock.

Talking to reporters after the meeting, Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal alias Prachanda said that attempts have been made to reach to an acceptable conclusion.

Nepali Congress acting President Sushil Koirala said the President urged the parties to move ahead to preserve the sovereignty of the country.

The President called the meeting of the top three parties a day before the May 28 the deadline for writing the statute as uncertainty looms large over the extension of the CA tenure, Nepalnews reported. (ANI)

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