The meeting between major three parties and Madhesi alliance to resolve disputes over number and demarcation of federal states and governance model ended inconclusive on Tuesday May 8, 2012.
The parties during the day had virtually agreed to resolve their disputes by extending their working hour(s) but with Madhesi alliance all of a sudden reviving their demand for one Madhesh, the meeting ended abruptly at around 08:00 PM.
Free State sponsored lunch followed or not, has not been made public.
The three parties, Unified Maoists, Nepali Congress and United Marxist Leninist had held a joint meeting at the UML headquarters and had reportedly come to terms over creating between 6-8 states. The parties had come to terms over creating at least 3 states in the entire Tarai plains and five in the hills.
Shankar Pokharel of UML briefed the media that UML and NC were in favor of formulating a united view between three parties on the issues before holding talks with the Madhesi alliance, but the Maoists were in favor of striking the deal along with the alliance.
In the meeting with the Madhesi alliance, the Madhesi leaders abruptly threatened stir if their demand for ‘One Madhesh’ was not met with.
Threats have become common.
Jhalanath and Madhav Nepal from UML, both told the media men that no progress has been registered from the meeting.
Bhim Rawal of UML told, “The parties will continue trying on Wednesday.”
The meeting has been postponed for today.
The Madhesi alliance which houses five Madhesh based parties had also held a separate meeting on Tuesday and decided to revive the demand of ‘Sovereign One Madhesh’.
“We do not accept any formula as such that favors creating states by splitting Madhesh”, said Jitendra Dev of Forum-Lokatantrik and added, “This is our bottom-line.”
JItendra Dev originally hailed from Manandhar Communist then sneaked into the UML and finally landed in the Madhesi party. Thus he could be taken as a political veteran with the expertise on how and when to change parties to extract what benefits.