HLPM meet ends inconclusively

KATHMANDU: A meeting of the high-level political mechanism on Saturday ended inconclusively after the main opposition UCPN-Maoist asked the attending leaders to discuss the formation of new national unity government.

According to UCPN-Maoist vice chairman Narayan Kaji Shrestha, the meeting, held at the residence of Girija Prasad Koirala, coordinator of HLPM, in Maharjgunj, they asked the leaders of the Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML to endorse an agenda of national unity government in the meeting. The meeting ended inconclusively after the leaders failed to sort out the inter-party differences.

UCPN-Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ left the meeting venue immediately after Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal urged the three-party leaders to discuss the proposal for integration, rehabilitation and management of the Maoist combatants. PM Nepal was supposed to table the government proposal in the meeting. Shrestha said that HLPM should focus on political issues including the formation of national consensus government before discussing the integration plan.

PM Nepal, UML chairman Jhalanath Khanal, NC president Koirala and other leaders of the ruling parties also held separate meeting to discuss the contemporary issues.

PM Nepal said that he asked the top leaders to induct representatives of the other political parties in the HLPM. During the meeting, the probe panel, which was formed to probe into the Sindhuli incident, also submitted its report. NC leader Arjun Narsingh KC said after the meeting that the leaders would discuss the inclusion of other leaders in the HLPM as soon as possible.