Big Three must solve HLPM row: Mahanta Thakur

RAJBIRAJ: Chairman of the Tarai Madhesh Loktantrik Party (TMLP) Mahanta Thakur today said the dispute over the leadership of the High Level Political Mechanism (HLPM) should be settled by leaders of the big-three political parties.

Talking to reporters here, Thakur said, “As there is representation of the UCPN-Maoist, the CPN-UML and the Nepali Congress in the HLPM, the big-three should settle the dispute.’’

Referring to the demise of NC president Girija Prasad Koirala, Thakur said the death has created a “big vacuum” in the politics of the country.

“A very good tribute to

the late Koirala will be to establish sustainable peace in the country by promulgating the new statute

within the stipulated time,’’ Thakur added.

“Koirala’s contribution to the peace process was great and all the political parties should acknowledged this,” he added. He further termed GP Koirala as a “determined person.”

Referring to a statement made by former King Gyanendra Shah in an interview to a television yesterday, Thakur said: “There is no force in the remark.”

Stating that there is very little possibility of a change in the government for the moment, TMLP Chairman Thakur said such a change will happen only if all the parties forge a consensus.

He also accused the political parties of being busy fulfilling their vested interests rather than concentrating on establishing peace and drafting the constitution.

Saying that a peaceful movement holds more weight than an armed one, he urged all armed outfits operating in the Tarai region to join mainstream politics.