KATHMANDU: Three main players of the ruling coalition — Nepali Congress president Girija Prasad Koirala, PM Nepal and CPN-UML Chairman Jhalanath Khanal — today agreed to further cement relations between the two major coalition partners. The three top leaders met for about one-and-a-half hours at Koirala’s residence in Maharajgunj.
The trio agreed to sort out all grievances between the NC and the UML while running the coalition by forming a two-party task force. Such a forum could also help the two parties present themselves as one in all contentious national issues and enhance the level of confidence between them, sources attending the meeting said.
Emerging from the meeting, Khanal said: “The High Level Political Mechanism (HLPM) will not get itself involved in changing the guard. It will be centered on settling national issues linked to the peace process and the process of writing a new constitution.”
PM Nepal urged HLPM coordinator Girija Prasad Koirala to include all major parties that have representatives in the Constituent Assembly in the mechanism, Bishnu Rijal, the press advisor of the PM, said.
“It will be easier to reach a consensus on contentious issues if all major parties in the CA are included in the HLPM,” the PM said. “I will always be positive to the mechanism, which has been set up with the objective of giving the peace process a logical end and writing a new constitution on time,” the PM added.
The bosses of the two coalition partners and the PM also agreed to fill all vacant posts in different constitutional bodies through a consensus at the earliest possible. The leaders also agreed to launch a nationwide campaign to protest excesses by the Maoists and to build people’s view in support of government activities.
Earlier, in a separate meeting, Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Madheshi Janadhikar Forum (Democratic), and PM Nepal decided they should effectively work to make the UCPN-Maoist abide by the code of ethics and Terms of Reference approved by the HLPM yesterday.