KATHMANDU, Dec 5: Talks among ruling parties, main opposition and United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) held at Prime Minister’s official residence in Baluwatar on Saturday night failed to make any headway to end the political deadlock.
During the meet, UDMF leaders refused the common proposal of major parties to move forward the constitution amendment bill and find a political solution to the disputes on provincial boundaries within the next three months.
They argued that the government failed to come up with a concrete proposal regarding the Madhes demands.
Chairman of Federal Socialist Forum Nepal (FSFN) Upendra Yadav told the meeting that their agitation won’t end until the demands are addressed, adding that the common proposal of major parties holds no meaning.
He also criticized the government for suppression in the protest.
In return, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli expressed assurance that the government won’t interfere in peaceful protest.
“Although, the meet failed to reach a concrete conclusion, talks were positive,” told Press Advisor to PM Oli Pramod Dahal.
Talking to media after the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defense Bhim Rawal said the meeting with the UDMF was heading positively.
Compensation of Rs one million to the families of those killed during the Madhes agitation and free treatment to the injured were among the demands put forth by the UDMF.
In response, the government said that it has already taken a decision regarding the demand for compensation and allocated the compensation amount to the victims' families and arranged for free treatment of the injured. If any family of the deceased has been deprived of the compensation, a joint team of the government and UDMF will be formed to ensure compensation to the deprived family, the government talks team told the UDMF, according to DPM Rawal.
The UDMF leaders were urged to withdraw the programs of protest as the prolonged obstructions in the supplies along the border transits have hit the people hard and affected the post-earthquake-reconstruction efforts.
Following the meeting, Yadav accused the government of still not establishing an atmosphere conducive for dialogue.
“The 11-point demands of the UDMF was not addressed by the second party in the talks today, and it has been the same even after ten rounds of talks”, he said.
The government has not paid serious attention towards maintaining law and order in the country by resolving the exiting problem. The talks today did not even enter regular agenda, he said.
Prime Minister Oli, Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala, CPN-UML leaders Madhav Kumar Nepal and Jhalanath Khanal, Deputy Prime Minister and Rastriya Prajatantra Party Nepal Chair Kamal Thapa, UCPN (Maoist) Vice Chair Narayankaji Shrestha, Tarai Madhes Democratic Party Chair Mahantha Thakur and Forum Chair Yadav were among those present in the meeting
Today's meeting was scheduled on the eve of Delhi visit of chairmen of Madhes-based political parties. The Madhesi leaders also held a meeting at the Indian embassy in Kathmandu, reportedly with a view to discussing ongoing crisis and the Delhi visit.
Published on: My Republica (December 5, 2015)