Meeting between govt and RJP-N ends inconclusively

KATHMANDU: A meeting held between the government and Rastriya Janata Party Nepal to bring all disgruntled parties on board the second phase of local level elections has ended inconclusively today.

During the meeting held at the Singha Durbar today, the government expressed commitment to amend necessary laws to bring the RJP-N on board the elections immediately.

However, the party refused to participate in the civic polls slated for June 28 adding that the ruling parties did not address their demands.

Talking to media-persons after the meeting, senior leader of the Nepali Congress Ram Chandra Paudel said, "An understanding has been reached to amend some laws to create environment conducive to bring the RJP-N on board the elections."

Anil Jha, a member of the Presidium of the newly-formed party said that they would not participate in the elections until an amendment was made in the constitution, an increment was made in the number of local levels on the basis of population, and the cases filed during Tarai-Madhesh agitation were withdrawn.

Jha said that RJP-Nepal would also announce its protest programme by holding a meeting today itself.

Prime Minister and Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba, senior leader Paudel, leader Krishna Prasad Sitaula, CPN Maoist Centre leader Narayankaji Shrestha, Deputy Prime Ministers Bijay Kumar Gachchhadar and Krishna Bahadur Mahara, and  RJP-N leaders Mahantha Thakur, Sarat Singh Bhandari and Mahendra Yadav among others had attended the meeting.