SEPT 6, KATHMANDU. A five-point agreement has been reached between the High-Level Political Committee (HLPC) and the Federal Socialist Party today, guaranteeing the election to the next Constituent Assembly (CA) announced for November 19.
After the meeting held at the Secretariat of HLPC at New Baneshwor, Vice-President of Nepali Congress (NC) and HLPC member, Ram Chandra Poudel and Chairman of the Federal Socialist Party, Ashok Kumar Rai, signed the agreement.
The agreement stated that both the sides shall request President Dr Ram Baran Yadav and the government to continue the number of CA members (601), ratio and representatives in the second CA as in the first one.
Similarly, the HLPC and the Federal Socialist Party have agreed to request the government to hold a meeting of all parties represented in the dissolved CA for the guarantee of the declared CA election.
The meeting also decided to take maximum initiatives to forge necessary consensus on the basis of agreement reached in the previous CA by holding discussions on various aspects of basic principle of the CA.
Both the sides have also agreed to proceed with the ensuring voting rights to those Nepali residing in foreign countries, by making necessary legal provision as soon as possible.
As per the agreement, the party shall withdraw its agitation and gear up for the upcoming election.
Today’s agreement reached with the Federal Socialist Party has made a great contribution in creating environment conducive for the election.
Talking to media persons following the meeting, Congress leader Dr Minendra Rijal expressed his confidence that the HLPC would be successful in bringing the 33 parties’ alliance opposing the election to a consensus soon.
“HLPC coordinator Sushil Koirala and members are expediting talks with the agitating parties for the past two-three days”, he added.
An agreement with the Federal Socialist Party has created a strong base for convincing other parties to join the election, he said.
Similarly, CPN (UML) leader Raghuji Panta has said with today’s agreement, the Federal Socialist Party is ready to take part in the November 19 election and talks with the CPN-Maoist are also heading positively.
Likewise, Federal Socialist Party General Secretary Rajendra Shrestha said with the today’s agreement, the misinterpretation of the constitution that consensus among the four major political parties is ‘national consensus’ has come to an end. RSS