The ruling Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN-UML have decided not to sit for talks with the UCPN (Maoist)-led opposition parties until the later apologise for their midnight attack in the Constitution Assembly (CA) and agrees to withdraw their blockade in the parliament.
UML senior leader Jhala Nath Khanal has said that all the parties in favour of adopting the CA process for resolving the disputes in the constitution drafting would move ahead with a common roadmap. Khanal said that they won’t sit for dialogue with the opposition front.
NC Vice President Ram Chandra Paudel said that they will not sit for talks with the opposition unless they [opposition alliance] lift the obstruction and agrees to move ahead with process. “It would be futile to sit for negotiations until all the proposals submitted by the political parties to CA are sent to Constitution Drafting Committee. Talks cannot be held by blocking the draft of constitution,” said Vice President Paudel.
NC General Secretary Purna Bahadur Khadka said that the act of obstructing CA meeting and picketing the rostrum would have been normal, but vandalising the property and attacking the CA chairman, party leaders and even marshals cannot be normal.
The ruling NC and CPN-UML including eight other political parties and two independent lawmakers, who have agreed to move ahead with the process, held a joint meeting of parliamentary party on Monday and stressed on taking the constitution drafting for voting process.
The meeting attended by more than two-thirds of lawmakers from the ruling parties has agreed to move forward in collectively by eliminating the obstruction in constitution drafting.