Nepal Parties Jostle for Position in High Level Political Mechanism
Posted by n3wday on February 27, 2010
This article was published on eKantipur.com.
HLPM inconclusive; agree to resolve contentious issues in package
KATHMANDU, Feb 25 – The High Level Political Mechanism (HLPM) meeting on Thursday decided to resolve all the issues of contention including the power sharing in a “package deal”. However, the meeting could not settle the row over the joint resolution motion, which apparently is the cause of disagreement and is responsible in protracting the deadlock.
The meeting held at the residence of Nepali Congress (NC) President Girija Prasad Koirala in Maharajgunj this evening failed to forge consensus as the Maoists and the Nepali Congress (NC) stuck to their respective stances. The Maoists have been demanding for the change in government leadership, while the NC is against defaming President Dr. Yadav at any cost.
“We have agreed to sit for a dialogue on March 2 to resolve the power sharing, new constitution, state restructuring committee and integration and rehabilitation of the Maoist combatants in a package,’” said UML leader Jhalanath Khanal after the meeting, dubbing the package agreement as a vital one.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, who is dissatisfied with the HLPM for making repeated attempts to change the government leadership and also an invitee member, stayed away from the meeting.
In yesterday’s HLPM taskforce meeting, the UML and the Maoists had agreed to include the president’s move in the resolution motion. However, the NC had stuck to its earlier stand of not making any compromises on moves that may defame the President. The political deadlock has protracted due to the haggle over the president’s move, which the Maoists say is “unconstitutional” and should be brought before the House for discussion.
Apart from the vital HLPM members— NC President Girija Prasad Koirala, Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, and UML Chairman Jhalanath Khanal— Maoist leaders Narayan Kaji Shrestha, Dev Gurung, NC Vice President Ram Chandra Poudel, leaders Krishna Sitaula, Arjun Narsingh KC, and UML leaders Bharat Mohan Adhikari and Keshav Badal are present in the meeting.