Major parties to go to election without Baidya alliance
The major political parties represented in the High Level Political Committee (HLPC) have agreed to hold election without participation of the CPN-Maoist led 33 parties’ alliance.
With several rounds of failed talks with CPN- Maoist led alliance, major political parties reached this decision after meeting with Interim Election Council Chairman Khilraj Regmi and other cabinet ministers at the chairman’s official residence in Baluwatar on Tuesday morning.
According to Chairman Regmi’s press advisor Bimal Gautam, HLPC leaders urged Regmi to intensify the election process by amending the 25-point presidential decree and remove constitutional difficulties in order to implement agreements reached with parties like Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Nepal and Federal Socialist Party Nepal (FSPN). They asked him to ensure second Constituent Assembly (CA) election on November 19 at any cost.
In response, Regmi clarified that the government will not reverse their decision to hold election on 19 November at any cost and will not cause any delay to amend the 25-point presidential decree and remove constitutional difficulties, Gautam informed nepalnews.com.
A cabinet meeting held after has already made recommendations to the government to amend the 25-point presidential decree and remove constitutional difficulties. This will give a constitutional stature to agreements made with various political committees and parties, including increasing the number of CA members 491 to 601. Chairman Regmi visited the President with the proposal at Shital Niwas on Tuesday afternoon.
CPN-Maoists and the alliance of 33 parties have insisted that the CA election be postponed and that Regmi resign to create an atmosphere conducive for joining the election process.
However, press advisor Gautam said that chairman Regmi will not to step down as Chief Justice nor will the election be postponed from the stipulated time. All-party meetings held on Friday, Sunday and Monday failed to reach consensus. The HLPC parties had hinted that the election can be postponed for few weeks if the alliance decides to enter the election process.
After the meeting with the chairman, leaders of major political parties headed towards the Election Commission Office and urged it to speed-up on the election process. They also requested the EC to extend the deadline for candidate nomination.
However, the leaders say they will continue to pursue agreements with CPN-Maoists and the door for discussions is always open. Nepalnews.com/Rajendra Pokhrel