Three major political parties — Nepali Congress, CPN (UML) and UCPN (Maoist) — have agreed to return the report containing disputed issues of the new constitution back to Constitutional Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee (CPDCC).
A meeting of the three parties held on Thursday, January 08, 2015, has decided to request Constituent Assembly Chairman Subash Nembang to send the report back to the CPDCC, in a bid to seek consensus.
Talking to reporters after the meeting, UML senior leader Jhalanath Khanal said reaching a consensus would still take some time, therefore, the parties have decided to ask CA chair to return the report to CPDCC.
Although the three-party meet has agreed on sending the report containing issues of disputed back to the CPDCC, a deadline has not been fixed yet.
NC, UML are suggesting that three days must be allotted to the CDPCC while UCPN (M) says that the committee must be given at least five days.
After the meeting, UCPN (M) leader and CPDCC Chairman Dr Baburam Bhattarai told reporters he had asked the top leaders to send the report to CPDCC in order to facilitate consensus.
The leaders agreed since some time was needed to forge consensus, said Bhattarai.
The discussion on report prepared by CPDCC will conclude on Thursday.
OLI: MADHESIS INSULTED ME; SO I WON’T APOLOGIZE
The Wednesday meeting of four sides deemed ‘decisive’ was dismissed after there was a verbal spat between UML Chair KP Sharma Oli and Sadbhawana Party Chair Rajendra Mahato made the situation tense.
Madheshi Front leaders, who seek apology from UML Chair for his allegedly rude remarks, were absent in the meeting held Thursday.
However, according to Baluwatar sources, UML Chair Oli has said that he will not issue an apology.
UML Chair Oli said that he was insulted and therefore, would never apologize in his lifetime to some Madhesi political parties.
“In yesterday’s meeting, I put forth my views politely. I just told the Madhesi leaders that you cannot simply term all the plains of Nepal as the part of Madhes,” Oli said during today’s meeting of top three parties.
“Until I am alive, I won’t apologize and self-criticize. They have insulted me,” Oli said.
Earlier, in Wednesday’s meeting, Sadbhawana Party Chair Rajendra Mahato said the Terai districts and plains of Nepal cannot be merged with hilly region while federating the country.
In response, UML Chair Oli said: “If you need whole plains, then you must be in need of UP and Bihar as well, because they are also in the plains?”