Talks with Baidya's alliance hit a snag as HLPC dismisses demand for poll postponement
Talks between the high-level political committee (HLPC) and the Mohan Baidya-led 33-party alliance on Saturday proved to be a dud with the committee rejecting the demand that a roundtable conference will take decisions on all key issues including the polls and the fate of the current government.
Today's inconclusive talks virtually ended the possibility of a round-table conference or further talks with the alliance or, according to leaders.
UML chairman Jhala Nath Khanal told reporters after the meeting that further engagement with the disgruntled side would be meaningless as the HLPC cannot meet the demand to put off the November 19 elections. The HLPC also rejected the 33-party alliance's demand for government's resignation.
Earlier this week, the HLPC had agreed, in principle, to hold an all-party roundtable, which was hailed by Baidya's alliance.
NC president and HLPC head Sushil Koirala said the committee had agreed to go for a roundtable without changing the November 19 date for the polls and that an agreement on putting off the elections is impossible.
CPN-M secretary Dev Gurung, who was present in today's meeting, said that since the HLPC has rejected its demands the alliance will now hit the streets.
"All leaders including Sushil Koirala, Jhalanath Khanal and Pushpa Kamal Dahal told us that they cannot fulfill our demands. Therefore, we ended the talks," said Mani Thapa, a leader of the 33-party alliance. Nepalnews.com