KATHMANDU: The meeting of the High-Level Political Mechanism (HLPM) held at the CPN-UML Parliamentary Party office in Singha Durbar on Friday, failed to make any headway though it was expected to take a formal decision on the contentious issues in the country.

In the meeting under the chairmanship of Jhala Nath Khanal, the governing coalition partner UML and Nepali Congress proposed to finalise the formation of the State Restructuring Commission whereas the main opposition party UCPN-Maoist demanded for a package deal in which the national consensus government would replace the incumbent one. The Maoists also put forth the proposal for voting procedures in the Constituent Assembly for the undecided issues in the constitution drafting process to end the political deadlock.

Senior leader Sher Bahadur Deuba, acting president Sushil Koirala, PP leader Ram Chandra Poudel, general secretary Bimalendra Nidhi from NC, Jhala Nath Khanal, general secretary Ishwor Pokharel, chief whip Bhim Acharya and leader Bharat Mohan Adhikari from UML and UCPN-M chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and vice chairmen Baburam Bhattarai from the Maoists were present in the meeting.

Though the tripartite leaders had already agreed to form a State Restructure Commission to give the outline of the federal restructuring of the nation, a new dispute began on its formation.

The next meeting of the HLPM has been scheduled at the Maoist PP office on Sunday.