Sunday, 1st March 2015

Parties take opposing stands; CPDC committee meeting inconclusive

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Participants of a meeting of Constitutional, Political Dialogue and Consensus (CPDC) Committee at Singha Durbar, Kathmandu on Tuesday. The meeting has ended inconclusively. Photo: FB of Baburam BhattaraiThe meeting of Constitutional Political Dialogue and Consensus (CPDC) Committee ended inconclusively on Tuesday morning as the political parties could not come to a consensus on various contentious issues like forms of governance and state restructuring, among others.

Nepali Congress Vice-Chair Ram Chandra Paudel said that although there were discussions on various issues in the meeting, the parties could not reach a consensus.

The parties will try and reach an agreement by the stipulated time, Paudel said.

Similarly, CPN (UML) vice-chair Bhim Rawal said there were discussions on issues like federalism and number, name and border of provinces. However, an agreement could not be reached, according to Rawal.

Leader of UCPN (Maoist) Narayan Kaji Shrestha said that although the parties have not deferred from their previous stands, attempts will be made to reach a consensus.

Different parties have opposing stands on various issues. Yet they are of the opinion that consensus must be met by September 6, as per the schedule.

Restructuring of state and forms of governance are the major contentious issues on which the parties have taken differing stands.



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