Ruling parties, NC agree to address agitating parties' concerns thru talks
KATHMANDU: The ruling parties and the main opposition Nepali Congress have agreed to address the demands of agitating parties through discussion and dialogue.
During a meeting held today at Singha Darbar, the ruling parties, including CPN-UML and CPN Maoist Centre, and the main opposition Nepali Congress discussed how to adopt flexibility in addressing the demands of disgruntled parties.
Nepali Congress leader, Mahesh Acharya, said his party suggested to find out solution through dialogue and discussion though the meeting failed to make any decision as the agitating parties remained absent.
"We are also ready to invite the agitating parties for talks and encourage them to forge consensus," he said.
Similarly, Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Agni Kharel, said the demands of agitating parties would be addressed through discussion and dialouge. According to him, the government would give continuity to the discussion.
He said the next meeting would be called soon.
Responding to a query, Minister Kharel clarified that the government had sent a letter in the name of United Democratic Madhesi Front calling for the talks.
Likewise, leader of the Maoist Centre, Ram Bahadur Thapa, said although parties associated with Federal Alliance did not attend the meeting, the ruling parties and main opposition party held discussion on the issue of resolving the existing problems.
Thapa said the meeting reached to a conclusion that problems could be resolved through discussion after holding meeting again.
Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (Democratic), Bijay Kumar Gachchhadar, said the Prime Minister had sent letter to agitating parties for talks expressing determination that the government wished to resolve problems through talks.
Clarifying that the government was serious to address the demands of disgruntled parties, DPM Gachchhadar said the meeting reached to an understanding to urge the agitating parties once again for talks.
Meanwhile, Coordinator of the Federal Alliance, Upendra Yadav, told the Rastriya Samachar Samiti the agitating parties were ignorant about today's meeting even though it was claimed that Prime Minister KP Sharma called the meeting after consulting the UDMF.
Responding to the May 12 memorandum submitted by the UDMF, the Prime Minister had sent a six-point letter to the UDMF leadership yesterday.