Sunday, 1st March 2015

Parties to consult with each other for forging consensus on state restructuring

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The major political parties are to again initiate informal round of discussions and talks aimed at reaching a consensus on the major issues that resulted in the dissolution of the erstwhile Constituent Assembly (CA).

The first CA was terminated without producing a new constitution as the parties could not reach a consensus regarding the restructuring of the state and distribution of state power.

In the meeting of the Constituent Assembly, Constitutional-Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee held in this connection on Wednesday, the committee members concluded putting forth their views in the first phase.

The meeting decided to hold informal talks and dialogue with the top leaders of the major political parties for arriving at a consensus on the two issues. It also fixed three days for informal talks with the top leaders for reaching consensus in this connection.

Committee chairman Dr Baburam Bhattarai presided over the meeting.

Among the three major parties in terms of their numerical strength in the CA, the Nepali Congress and the CPN (UML) have been advocating for constituting seven to 11 federal provinces on the basis of capacity while the UCPN (Maoist) has been proposing more than 11 provinces based on identity.

"Now, we will have informal discussions with the top leaders of the main parties for forging consensus on the topics of state restructuring and division of state power," committee member Chandra Bhandari said.

He said three days' time has been fixed for holding the discussions and talks for forging consensus while expressing the belief that the committee's next meeting would forge agreement on this issue. "We have entered a situation in which we are almost at the threshold of reaching an agreement on the issue of state restructuring and allocation of state powers," he added.

Today's meeting also agreed to own the agreements reached by the erstwhile Constitutional Committee at its next meeting, spokesman at the Parliament Secretariat Mukunda Sharma said. He expressed the confidence that that decision has prepared the basis and an important step for writing a new constitution within the stipulated time.



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