Big 3 try to woo Gachhadar, PM making public appeal to agitating sides to come for talks

KATHMANDU: Top leaders of three major parties held talks with Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Democratic Chairman Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar at the Prime Minister's official residence on Sunday.

The leaders reached to an understanding to hold talks with other disgruntled sides also and rectify the draft constitution in order to garner wider support for the new charter.

Also, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala would make a public appeal to the dissatisfied parties and agitating groups today itself to come to the negotiating table and explore solutions giving up all their protests, UCPN-Maoist leader Narayan Kaji Shrestha, who took part in the meeting,  told the media.

In the meeting, Gachhadar maintained that there should be eight Pradeshes, instead of seven, to address the demands of Madhesi and Tharu communities and the parties should be ready to rectify the draft constitution for that.

Putting forth the eight-Pradesh model, referring to the 16-point agreement that the four major parties struck earlier, as his party's bottom-line, Gachhadar threatened to pull out of the entire process of constitution drafting if the draft of new constitution did not take it up.

Protesting the idea of seven-Pradesh model, which he said was flawed and would not do justice to the Madhesi and Tharu communities, the MJF-D leader had walked out of the Special Committee meeting on Friday. Subsequently, the party announced that it severed ties with the three major parties, which struck breakthrough agreements on constitution-drafting.

The Special Committee's meeting held yesterday evening had decided to hold discussion with Gachhadar with an aim to bring him on board the process of constitution promulgation.

The parties have appealed to the disgruntled political parties as well as communities to come to the negotiating table.

Meanwhile, the Constitution Drafting Committee, which finalised the revised draft of new constitution and submitted it to the Constituent Assembly Chairman Subas Chandra Nembang on Friday evening, is scheduled to table the Bill on the revised draft constitution at the CA meeting later today.

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