KATHMANDU: Nepali Congress’s Mahasamiti meet, which started here today, passed a resolution, urging main opposition Unified CPN-Maoist to call off its stir and hold talks for a way out of the impasse.

The Mahasamiti — the second most powerful body of the party — boasts of more than 1,250 members from across the country.

Inaugurating the meeting, NC president Girija Prasad Koirala appealed to the Maoists to come for negotiations.

The veteran leader displayed the optimistic trait of his personality. “The term ‘disappointment’ doesn’t exist in my dictionary. I’m hopeful that I shall be able to resolve the dispute soon,” he said.

Koirala urged Prachanda to come forward for dialogue to build a new and peaceful Nepal, where consensus, cooperation and unity would guide the polity.

“If we stick to these principles, then no external force can pose any threat to us,” he said in his inaugural speech.

The octogenarian leader returned home after delivering his speech owing to poor health. Meanwhile, the NC resolution expressed its “commitment to resolve all national political problems through talks”.

Later this evening, Ram Chandra Poudel, vice-president, NC, presented a resolution on contemporary politics. “The Maoists are responsible for the political deadlock. We must press for a consensus to ensure drafting of the new statute. It’s our duty that the Maoists fall in line with democratic norms and values,” said Poudel in his resolution.

The resolution reiterated its pledge to support the UML-led coalition. It also stated that it would continue to make efforts to form a national unity government. This proposal will be deliberated tomorrow.

Several NC leaders criticised the Maoists for their protest programmes,

Senior leader Sher Bahadur Deuba, too, urged the ex-rebels to come for talks. “If they spurn our offer, then they should be ready to face any consequence in the event of a national crisis. We’ll never accept their demand to apportion blame on President Dr Ram Baran Yadav,” he said.