UML leaders reach out to Maoists seeking support
After 18 days of government formation amid Maoist boycott, CPN (UML) leaders have reached Godavari, Lalitpur Tuesday to seek support for the coalition government from the agitating Maoists.
Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and UML chairman Jhala Nath Khanal urged the Maoists to support the current coalition government by joining it. However, in response, Maoist leaders reiterated their stand for ‘civilian supremacy’ against the step taken by the president.
According to the leaders, the two parties agreed to hold talks at chief whip level in their effort to end the House row. UML leaders expressed hope that House row will end by Wednesday while Maoist leaders said they would allow the House session to resume only on condition that their proposal against president is tabled for discussion.
UML leaders also asked Maoists to end the ongoing protests programmes saying it has hindered in formation of the government.
The leaders also discussed the increasing clashes between their cadres and ways to minimise them.
In response to the objection raised by Maoist leaders against the decision of the current government to revert the decisions of the former government, UML leaders assured that such decision would be taken only on consensus.
The leaders told media persons that the meeting ended with some positive results, adding that they discussed on seeking a middle path to end issues of dispute.
PM Nepal, chairman Khanal and chief whip Bhim Acharya from UML and Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and senior leaders Dr Baburam Bhattarai, Mohan Baidhya and Narayan Kaji Shrestha attended the meeting.nepalnews.com ia June 09 09