Govt calls disgruntled lot for talks

Kathmandu, January 16:

The government today reiterated its call to all the disgruntled parties, including the armed and unarmed groups in the Madhes, for talks.

Minister for Peace and Reconstruction Ram Chandra Poudel urged all the parties, civil society and professionals to cooperate with the government to fulfil the one and the only mission of holding the Constituent Assembly election on April 10 in a free and fair environment.

“I urge all parties and their factions to come for talks. The government is always ready to sit for dialogue to listen to their demands,” Poudel said. “There are challenges ahead,” Poudel told the interim parliament today while informing the lawmakers about the developments and government’s efforts to bring both the unarmed and armed groups to the table to ensure meaningful election. “CA election will guarantee equal rights and opportunities to all sections of the society,” he added. He said the government had addressed most of the demands raised by the Madhesi factions, Janajati, Dalits and women.

“The government has addressed their demands of citizenship, federal structure with autonomy, compensation to the families of those who lost their lives during the Tarai movement and proportional representation in all state functionaries,” Poudel said. “We have often tried to bring Jwala Singh and Goit factions of the JTMM to the talks table but they are yet to respond.”