KATHMANDU: The Nepali Congress (NC) and the CPN-UML have almost come together on the issues of state restructuring and forms of governance, two thorniest issues of the new constitution.
At a meeting of the two parties held today at the UML's central office, top leaders of both parties have agreed to forge consensus in the disputed issues, leaders told journalists after the meeting.
UML senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal said the two parties are close regarding the names and numbers of the federal states and other issues too. The two parties also agreed on making bases for identity and viability for federalism.
Deputy Prime Minister and General Secretary of the NC, Krishna Prasad Sitaula, said the NC and the UML were ready to share powers between the President and Prime Minister adding that the UML has proposed to adopt a mixed form of governance.
The leaders of UCPN-Maoist and the NC are also expected to hold discussions this afternoon to discuss the same issues.
Top leaders of both the parties were present at the meeting.