An all-party meeting called by the government on Tuesday ended inconclusively after it failed to reach consensus on the issues raised by the Unified CPN (Maoist) party which includes, among others, the President's 'unconstitutional' move on the Army chief row.
The meeting failed to make any headway on the issues raised by the Maoists as the ruling Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist) and Nepali Congress and main opposition UCPN (Maoists) remained firm on their respective positions.
While the Maoists side led by senior leader Dr Baburam Bhattarai and Narayan Kazi Shrestha maintained that the President's move on the Army chief episode was unconstitutional and demanded that it be annulled, the NC team led by its parliamentary party leader Ram Chandra Poudel was of the belief that there is no need to launch protest over the issue of President's move to reverse the Maoist-government's decision to sack the Army chief. Poudel said the issue has already lots its relevancy and accused the Maoists of bringing it up just to serve their already shattered egos.
After it became apparent that the meeting will not address their issues, the Maoist leaders staged a walkout accusing NC and UML of not being serious towards their demands.
Speaking to media after the meeting called by Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, Maoist vice-chairman Baburam Bhattarai and secretary Post Bahadur Bogati said the leaders of the ruling parties had not given due importance to their demands.
PM Nepal had called the meeting of all parties represented in the CA to discuss ways to address the Maoist demands.
We had put forward our demands, but they (PM Nepal and NC leader Ram Chandra Poudel) tried to convince us on status quo, said Bhattarai.
The Maoists have announced they would launch a nationwide stir if their demands were not addressed within deadline. nepalnews.com