Not quite there: Nepal promises federation, but 10 or 14 states?

After positive developments this morning, things take a turn for the worse as meetings start to break up.

Four party meet over May 27 crisis ends without making concrete decision

The meeting of four political forces- UCPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) held this afternoon could not make sure if the constitution would be promulgated within May 27 deadline. The leaders could not arrive at consensus after the Maoist party and UDMF stuck to their stance that state restructuring issue should be settled before promulgating the constitution.

UCPN (Maoist) leader and Deputy Prime Minister Narayan Kaji Shrestha talking …

In the meeting held at Prime Minister’s official residence in Baluwatar, the NC and UML leaders had sought consent of UCPN (Maoist) and UDMF to promulgate constitution within May 27 leaving disputed issues to the Constituent Assembly -turned-parliament to resolve.

It is learnt that the leaders of the Maoist party and UDMF insisted that 14-state model or 10-state model suggested by the parliamentary committee on state restructuring and State Restructuring Commission respectively should be adopted while federating the country and that if no agreement is forged, the issues should be settled through voting in the parliament.

The leaders have only two days left to promulgate new constitution after the Supreme Court ended all the possibilities of the CA term extension.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court had stayed the government’s decision to extend the CA’s term by three months.



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