KATHMANDU: The Central Committee (CC) meeting of the opposition party CPN-UML is taking place at the party headquarters in Balkhu, Kathmandu on Friday. The meeting is dwelling upon state restructuring and forms of governance among other contentious issues that are to be incorporated in the new constitution.
The inter-party parleys took a new twist yesterday after the ruling party Unified CPN-Maoist floated a proposal of dividing the nation into 10 federal states based on identity.
The opposition parties Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN UML expressed their displeasure on the Maoist proposal of 10-federal states saying that the stance was against the spirit of Hattiban understanding. Earlier, the major parties had reportedly agreed on dividing the nation into six-eight states during a meeting that took place at Hattiban resort on the outskirts of Kathmandu.
Meanwhile, the NC is also holding an intra-party meeting to discuss the issues of federalism, on Friday. Following the completion of intra-party talks, the major parties including the UCPN-Maoist and the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF)—the partners of the ruling coalition—are scheduled to hold a meeting at the Constituent Assembly Hall in New Baneshwor this afternoon to sort out the thorny issues that have been impeding the constitution drafting process.