UML rejects Maoist proposal to exclude Nepali Congress

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Kathmandu, August 3 : The Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist-Leninist (CPN-UML) on Sunday rejected the proposal floated by the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-M) concerning the formation of government based on a national consensus without including the Nepali Congress (NC).

The Maoist has said that the party is willing to form the government without the Nepali Congress if the attempts for a national consensus fail.

According to Kantipur, the UML rejected the Maoist's proposal during a meeting held at UML party headquarters in Balkhu this morning.

The meeting of the top Maoist and UML leaders comes two days before the deadline for forming the government as directed by President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav to the Maoist.

According to UML leader Bishnu Poudel, the party leaders stressed on national consensus stating there was no alternative to it, during the two-hour long meeting.

The Maoist accepted their mistake to break the agreements with the UML during the Presidential election.

The Maoist also discussed about the decisions made during its central committee meeting conducted a few days back.

Meanwhile, the UML is scheduled to discuss the formation of the new government with the Nepali Congress leaders today.

The political parties have intensified their internal parleys to have formal views on the 50-point Common Minimum Program (CMP) forwarded by the Maoist, pledging to build a competitive democratic polity that is strong and prosperous.

The Maoist leaders had tabled the proposal, aimed at garnering support for government formation, at their meeting with the other 24 political parties represented in the Constituent Assembly (CA) on Saturday.

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