The meeting among three major political parties that started on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 has concluded indecisively at Gokarna Resort on Wednesday, October 22, 2014.
Senior leaders of the three major parties participated in the meeting held under the initiatives of Dr Baburam Bhattarai, chairman of Constitutional Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee (CPDCC).
Discussion will now resume on October 26, Dr Bhattarai’s aide Bishwadeep Pandey said.
The Constituent Assembly on Tuesday extended the deadline given to the Committee till November 1, 2014, for the third and final time.
The CPDCC had failed to forge consensus among political parties on the disputed issues of the constitution by the previous deadline.
If consensus is not reached by November 1, the committee will then have to present the progress report at the CA along with the questionnaire of unresolved disputes.
After the meeting, CPDCC chair Bhattarai said, although consensus could not be forged, the leaders openly talked on the disputed issues at the meeting, thus creating an environment for agreement.
“All political parties put forth their views in an open and lucid manner, as they attempted to address each other’s doubts and suspicions. The talks have created a positive environment.”
Nepali Congress presented its federal model of six or seven provinces, while UCPN (Maoist) floated the 10 or 11 provinces’ federal model. CPN-UML said it is in favour of minimum number of provinces due to economic viability of those states.
On behalf of NC, leaders Sher Bahadur Deuba, Ram Chandra Poudel and Krishna Prasad Situala took part in the meeting.
Likewise, leaders Madhav Kumar Nepal, KP Oli and Ishwor Pokhrel represented UML in the meeting.
Similarly, UCPN (Maoist) leaders Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Baburam Bhattarai and Narayan Kaji Shrestha participated in the meeting on behalf of their party.