Kathmandu, July 11:

A group of civil society members met CPN-Maoist chairman Prachanda today. The group urged Prachanda to work to keep intact the spirit of consensus and promote national unity.

“Consensus and collaboration are the mandate of the people expressed through the Constituent Assembly elections. “We urged Prachanda to take initiatives to maintain understanding between major players,” a member of the Citizens-9 and former Minister Nilambar Acharya said.

Citizens-9 urged Prachanda to take initiative to ensure sharing of power among the major political parties and participation of all big and small parties in the government.

“We told him that there is a need to bolster peace and security and cement national unity,” Acharya said, adding that the marginalised groups should not be marginalised further.

“We also told him that those issues that need to be discussed in the CA should be discussed in the CA only,” Acharya said.

According to Acharya, the civil society members urged the CPN-Maoist, the largest party in the CA, to expedite the formation of the post-election government and election of other key officials, including the chairperson of the CA.

Citizens-9 will soon meet leaders of the Nepali Congress and Madhesi Janadhikar Forum to voice their concerns. The group has met UML general secretary Jhala Nath Khanal.

“Prachanda said he was worried over the present state of affairs and had intensified consultation with major leaders of all the parties to promote the spirit of consensus, collaboration and unity,” according to Acharya.