Three parties dwell on ways to end Tarai crisis

Kathmandu, December 28

The meeting of three major parties Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and Unified CPN-Maoist today decided to come up with another common stance after the agitating Madhesi parties rejected their three-point proposal.

Agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front had rejected the government’s three-point proposal that was endorsed by the major parties to address their 11-point demands though the government’s move was welcomed by India, who wished that the disruption at the border entry points would end so that the essential supplies could reach to their destination.

According to UCPN-M Vice-Chairperson Narayan Kaji Shrestha, the three major parties have decided to sit for talks with the agitating Madhesi parties showing flexibility to address their demands.

UML senior leader Jhalanath Khanal said the three parties had agreed to come up with a common stance and sit for talks with the agitating parties soon.

NC leader Minendra Rijal also said that the major parties had decided to forge a common stance on the demands of agitating parties by holding talks with them soon.

The meeting also decided to revise the three-point proposal prepared by the government and finalise the revised proposal in the presence of UDMF, said Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli’s Press Adviser Pramod Dahal.

The meeting held at Baluwatar was attended by UML leader Jhalanath Khanal, UCPN-M Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal,

Vice-Chair Shrestha, NC President Sushil Koirala, General Secretary Prakash Man Singh and leaders Minendra Rijal and Ram Saran Mahat.

The UDMF has been demanding proportional inclusion in all the bodies of the state, including the Nepali Army and other security forces, delineating the constituencies on the basis of population only so that the Madhes will get its due share in the Parliament.

Talks between the major three parties and the agitating parties have been stalled since the last two weeks though the main opposition party NC and UCPN-M leaders had met them on Saturday and had agreed to address their demands soon.