Kathmandu, June 24:

Leaders of the CPN-UML and the Madehsi Janaadhikar Forum held discussion today to find a way to end political stalemate.

“We suggested the UML leaders to seek understanding among the major political parties rather than going for constitutional agreement in order to strike checks and balances in the National Defence Council (NDC),” MJF leader Jay Prakash Prasad Gupta said.

According to the existing provision, the prime minister heads the NDC, which has defence minister and home ministers as ex-officio members. The prime minister can nominate three other ministers to the NDC.

“In order to strike a balance we suggested them to either have defence minister from a different party or a understanding whereby the PM can choose two ministers who are from other parties,” Gupta said, adding that the UML leaders were convinced.

“The UML leaders told us they would discuss our proposal with the CPN-Maoist and the Nepali Congress,” he added.

The MJF also suggested the UML leaders to first amend the constitution to elect the President and the PM on the basis of simple majority and fix their rights and duties and then only deal with the issue of power-sharing. “Once those provisions are in place, anybody can be a candidate for the post of the President, including Girija Prasad Koirala, we might have our own candidate,” he said.