PM, Bijukchhe discuss referendum, monarchy

Kathmandu, October 6:

With only one day left for the summit talks with the Maoists, Prime minister Girija Prasad Koirala met President of Nepal Workers and Peasants Party (NWPP), Narayan Man Bijukchhe, at the Prime Minister’s residence in Baluwatar today.

The position of the king was among the several issues that were raised during the discussion.

Bijukchhe quoted Prime Minister Koirala as insisting that the main agenda would come under shadow if a referendum, to make the king’s position clear, was conducted.

Prime Minister Koirala’s party Nepali Congress (NC) has been insisting on elections to constituent assembly to make clear the position of the king while Communist Party of Nepal-UML, the Maoists and Bijukchhe’s party NWPP have been emphasising on a referendum.

“Such issues would further complicate the situation and bring the main agenda of constituent assembly under shadow,” the NWPP president quoted Koirala as saying while talking to this daily.

The NWPP president also suggested Koirala to revive the local bodies by including the Maoist’s local bodies.