Big V to continue talks despite UDMF walkout

KATHMANDU: A meeting of the major five parties on Thursday has decided to continue the talks with agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front to sort out the problems the nation is facing.

This decision was taken soon after the talks between the leaders of the three big parties and the leaders of the agitating Madhesi Front was concluded inconclusively today itself.

The meeting held at the Prime Minister's official residence in Baluwatar this morning had ended without any conclusion as the Front remained rigid on its stance on seeking a solution to the impasse in a package deal only, it is learnt.

Senior leaders of Nepali Congress, CPN-UML, UCPN-Maoist, Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal and Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Democratic - had participated in the meeting.

The meeting has further decided to continue the talks on the basis of Constitution Amendment Bill tabled in the Parliament to find the meeting point.

Following the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Bhim Rawal informed that the talks would continue for resolution.

He added that the government was serious to sort out the problems holding discussions either at the level of taskforce or at the top level.

UCPN-Maoist Vice-chair Narayan Kaji Shrestha said that the meeting decided to continue the talks for the solution.

Similarly, Nepali Congress leader and member at the taskforce Mahesh Acharya added that the main demand of the Front about delineation of provinces could be resolved after formulation of a political committee and other demands could be addressed through the Amendment Bill tabled in the Parliament.