President Yadav calls all party meeting for Friday
President Ram Baran Yadav has called an all party meeting for Friday afternoon mainly to discuss ways to ensure the participation of disgruntled groups, including CPN-Maoist led by Mohan Baidya.
According to sources, President Yadav reached to this decision after several requests were made by the Baidya Maoists to call such a meeting.
"The Baidya Maoists' talks with the four major parties and the government have virtually failed. Upendra Yadav and Ashok Rai have left the alliance of 33 smaller parties deciding to get on board the election process. In such a situation, pressure is piling on CPN-Maoist to remain in the election process," said a presidential source.
The meeting is expected to discuss contemporary politics, election, demands of the CPN-Maoist and ways of involving them in the election process.
The CPN-Maoist has been mainly putting forth demands to postpone the November 19 elections and terminate the interim election government and begin a new process of national consensus.
The four major parties, however, have been maintaining that they are highly flexible, but cannot meet these two difficult and impractical demands.
In a bid to press for their demands, the CPN-Maoist Thrusday organized a day long closure (bandh) in Kathmandu valley and east Nepal. They have announced series of other protest programs including picketing the government's key administrative offices and organizing mass meeting, among others.
"Our protests will continue until our demands are fulfilled," said Pampha Bhusal, the party's spokesperson, adding, "We are ready for talks. But they have to be meaningful." Nepalnews.com