CPN-UML, Maoists adopt rigid stance

Kathmandu, June 2:

The meeting held today between top leaders of the CPN-Maoist and CPN-UML made no headway as both sides did not budge on their stances.

UML standing committee member Bharat Mohan Adhikari said the Maoists appeared to be determined to hold both the posts of president and the prime minister as the largest party in the Constituent Assembly. The Maoists were not ready even to replace the provision governing the formation and dissolution of government through two-third majority in the CA with a provision of simple majority.

Adhikari said they would hold another round of meeting with other partners of the Seven-Party Alliance tomorrow to find a way out of the political deadlock.

The UML and the Nepali Congress have been putting pressure on reaching an agreement on sharing the prime ministerial and presidential power among the major parties in the CA and replacing the constitutional provision of a two-third majority with a simple majority.

The meeting was attended by Maoist chairman Prachanda and his deputy Dr Baburam Bhattarai and UML general secretary JN Khanal, Madhav K Nepal, Adhikari and Amrit Kumar Bohara.

Yesterday, Maoist chairman Prachanda had announced in Gorkha that his party would quit the interim government and take to the streets demanding the resignation of GP Koirala.