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PM Koirala Urges Dahal To Come To Consensus


Kathmandu, Jan 30,2015: Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has urged UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal to come to consensus.Prime Minister Koirala, reaching at Dahal’s residence at Lazimpat, stressed that the new constitution should be written on consensus to give continuity to the common journey started from the 12-point agreement.PM Koirala, who had gone to the Martyrs’ Memorial at Lainchour this morning, to pay tributes and homage to the martyrs on the occasion of the Martyrs’ Day, reached Dahal’s residence without any information, in course of returning to his official residence at Baluwatar.Different leaders of the UCPN (Maoist) including Dr Baburam Bhattarai and Barshaman Pun were confused when they found the Prime Minister at the Dahal residence all of sudden while they were readying for the party’s internal meeting.On the occasion, Dahal reiterated that they would not take part in any meeting of the Constituent Assembly and Legislature-Parliament committees until the environment conducive for consensus was guaranteed. The meeting lasted for half an hour.Before this, Prime Minister Koirala had taken initiatives for consensus by making phone calls to Chairman Dahal two times. Similarly, a joint meeting of 10 political parties including the CPN (UML), which are in the Constituent Assembly (CA) and two independent lawmakers, had called the UCPN (Maoist) and Madhesi alliance to come to a meeting for consensus.In the meeting with the UCPN (Maoist) chairman, Prime Minister Koirala stressed on promulgating the new constitution on the basis of consensus and the partners of the Comprehensive Peace Accord should write the new constitution together, UCPN (Maoist) Secretary Pun said.In response, Chairman Dahal said that they could not sit for talks when the ‘majoritarian sword’ was kept dangling above their neck.Dahal said that it would not be good to sit for a meeting until Koirala, from the position of the Prime Minister, ensured the constitution writing on consensus and there was no meaning for sitting in the meeting in this context, added Pun.Stating that they were ready to promulgate the new constitution on the basis of consensus through the Constituent Assembly (CA), the UCPN (Maoist) Chairman urged PM Koirala to assure that the new constitution is promulgated through consensus.The ruling parties and opposition parties have been visibly divided into two camps after the vandalism at the CA by the lawmakers of the UCPN (Maoist) and Madhesi Alliance on January 19 and the proposal presented by CA Chairman Subas Nembang for the formation of a Questionnaire Committee on January 25, despite the protest of the lawmakers of the opposition parties.None of the activities regarding the constitution writing were taken ahead due to increasing differences among the major political after such incidents.The Nepali Congress and the CPN (UML) holding separate meetings had given responsibility to call the UCPN (Maoist) for dialogue to forge consensus.

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