KATHMANDU: The meeting of political parties held at Hattiban for resolving the five disputed issues of the constitution, was historic and meaningful, said leaders who participated in the meeting.
Top leaders of the parties gathered at the place on April 15 and 16 and held discussions for forging consensus on state restructuring, judicial system, form of governance and electoral system to be enshrined in the new constitution.
At a programme organised here today, leaders said that during the two-day meeting, they were close to reaching agreement on the disputed issues. They added that the meeting has proved as a milestone for the constitution.
Nepali Congress leader, Arjun Narsingh KC, said that parties expressed their views on the disputed issues of constitution during the Hattiban meeting and added that consensus will be forged soon.
KC further said serious discussion was held on the disputed issues to forge consensus, but they did not take up the topic of the formation of the national consensus government.
Similarly, leader of the CPN-UML, Shankar Pokhrel said that the Hattiban meeting was a milestone to know about the parties' concepts on the five disputed issues of the constitution.
Pokhrel added that no new consensus was forged among the parties on the issues.
He further said consensus would be forged on the issues in the next meeting.
Likewise, UCPN-Maoist leader Gopal Kiranti said that the meeting held in Hattiban has eased the situation for promulgating the new constitution on May 27, adding that federalism based on caste and community identity are the concepts of his party.
Kiranti further said there was need of directly-elected presidential system in the country.
On the occasion, Chairman of the Tarai Madhes Democratic Party-Nepal, Mahendra Yadav said that leaders are closer to agreement on making identity and capability as the basis for federalism.
Chairman of Madhesi Janadhikar Forum Uprendra Yadav expressed the view that the three political parties were engaged in the game of making and breaking the government rather than on completing the peace process and constitution writing.