Three-party meet fails to hammer out a deal

KATHMANDU: The task forces of the three major parties -- Unified CPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress and CPN-UML -- formed to resolve the prolonged House deadlock today failed to hammer out a deal since each side stuck to its stance on mentioning the President's move in the proposed common sankalpa prastav.

UCPN-M leader Dr Baburam Bhattarai said the President's move to reinstate the then Chief of Army Staff Rookmangud Katawal should be mentioned as a wrong one in the common proposal.

"Addressing the President's step through the common proposal is our bottom-line," Dr Bhattarai said. "The NC and the UML have agreed to attend the Thursday's meeting after revisiting our amendment on their proposal." NC Parliamentary Party (PP) leader Ram Chandra Paudel said, "Presenting themselves more rigidly, the Maoists proposed for a national unity government, the idea impossible at the moment."

"The differences over the President's step are still there. Some of the contradictions, however, have been wiped out. The differences now are over some terms to be used in the proposal," informed UML leader Ram Chandra Jha.

"We will meet again on Thursday, after the NC and UML study the Maoist proposal," said NC chief whip Laxman Ghimire. Before holding the three-party meeting, NC and UML task forces had discussed the Maoist proposal.

The meeting was held at the NC Parliamentary Party office in Singha Durbar.

Dr Bhattarai, Narayan Kaji Shrestha, Dev Gurung and Netra Bikram Chand of the UCPN-M; Paudel, Prakash Man Singh, Bimalendra Nidhi, Arjun Narsingh KC and Laxman Ghimire of the NC; and Bharat Mohan Adhikari, Ram Chandra Jha, Keshav Badal and Yubaraj Gyanwali of the UML attended today's meeting.