Deuba, Poudel urge Baidya to participate in CA polls
Nepali Congress senior leaders Sher Bahadur Deuba and Ram Chandra Poudel on Sunday separately urged the CPN-Maoist led by Mohan Baidya to participate in the Constituent Assembly polls, so that a broad national consensus could be established.
Addressing a program in Kathmandu, Deuba said it is irrelevant for the CPN-Maoist to still oppose the polls slated for November 19 this year.
"I call upon CPN-Maoist to quit election boycott policy. At the same, it is pretty clear that they have no right to disrupt the poll, though they can boycott it," Deuba said.
Speaking at a separate program in Pokhara, NC leader Ram Chandra Poudel said polls will be held at any cost, even when Baidya groups do not ensure their participation.
"We still request them to take part in the national election. If they prefer not to agree with us, elections cannot be deferred on any pretext," Poudel said.
Earlier, the talks between the major parties and an alliance of 33 smaller parties led by CPN-Maoist could not succeed, as the latter did not buzz from its previous demand of poll postponement and change of government.
The four major parties maintained that they were flexible but were not in a position to agree with those two demands of the smaller parties. Nepalnews.com