NC brass refuses to attend meet to end deadlock

Kathmandu, November 18:

A roundtable meeting organised today under the aegis of Civil Movement for Democracy and Peace (CMDP) to find a way out of the political deadlock met a premature end as top leaders of the Nepali Congress (NC) refused to attend it, citing their busy schedules.

“We called off the meeting as we came to know that top leaders of the NC had refused to attend it,” said Dr Devendra Raj Panday, leader of the CMDP.

The general-secretary of the NC, Ram Baran Yadav, had promised to attend the meeting, but he did not show up till late and informed that he was attending another meeting, Panday said.

Maoist leader Dr Baburam Bhattarai, CPN-UML general secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal, leader of the CPN-Mashal Prakash participated in the meeting, organised to resolve the persisting political deadlock. Prakash Sharan Mahat represented the NC in the meeting.

“We thought we had started a discussion on a serious topic and expected that a resolution will be passed during the meeting, but they turned their back towards us. They will probably resolve the issue themselves,” he said.

Meanwhile, Dr Panday reiterated civil society’s demand for the declaration of a republic from the parliament on the condition that the Constituent Assembly will approve it. “We have also urged the leaders to make a decision on a total proportional representation system of elections only after holding discussions with all marginalised communities. The constituent assembly will not be inclusive without active participation of these groups,” he said.

It was the civil society’s attempt to guide the parties to adopt the people’s agenda, Panday said, adding that parties themselves had never bothered to implement people’s agenda.