Top leaders meet inconclusive

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KATHMANDU, APR 13 – The meeting among the top brass leaders of major political parties convened at the initiatives of Constituent Assembly (CA) Chairman Subas Chandra Nembang ended inconclusively on Monday.

The leaders walked out of the meeting after exchanging greetings for the New Year 2072 BS. The leaders did not even take up the disputed issues.

Following the deferral of the CA meet earlier in the day, Chairman Nembang summoned themeeting of the top leaders at the Baneshwor, Kathmandu. CPN-UML leader KP Sharma Oli was absent in the meeting . The UCPN (Maoist) raised objection to his absence from themeeting .  “Oli ji did not show up at the meeting ,” said UCPN (M) chief whip Giriraj Mani Pokhrel, “This shows how serious the ruling parties are for talks.”

Leader Oli had gone to climb the Dharhara located at Sundhara, Kathmandu, after attending today’s CA meet. He remained absent at the meeting of political parties scheduled to be held half-an-hour after the CA meet.

During the meeting , UCPN (M) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal had said that since they had forgone their agitation and joined the talks, ruling parties must depict seriousness on their part.

Meanwhile, CPN-UML Vice Chairman Bhim Rawal mentioned that leader Oli chose to attend his prescheduled programme as the political parties’ meeting was called on a short notice.  “Oli ji could not attend the meeting because of his prescheduled programme,” leader Rawal said, “I represented the party with its full authority.”

CA Chairman Nembang urged the political parties to reach an agreement before the CAmeeting summoned for April 19. “I have given two months and six days’ time from February 12 to April 19,” Nembang said during the meeting , “Please forge consensus within this period. The nation cannot wait like this forever.”

Prime Minister Sushil Koirala also urged everyone to forge agreement by holding serious and meaningful discussions.