A day earlier, Nepal’s ‘two-faced’ three major party leaders claimed that they are nearing a deal to create 11 federal states, however, on Saturday May 12, 2012, once again held 11 hours long talks but reached to no consensus over the same issue. Hypocrites!
Yet must have enjoyed free lunch or dinner.
The three party leaders representing Unified Maoists, Nepali Congress and United Marxist Leninist held several round of talks on Saturday at Singhdurbar but arrived at no conclusion.
Narayan Kaji of Unified Maoists was of the view that since Nepali Congress and UML resisted on their earlier demand for 8 states, the talks could not continue as was expected.
The NC and UML according to reports insisted that states should be based on multi-ethnicity and a common name should be selected.
The UML leader Madhav Nepal said, “Eight states based on Multi-ethnicity have been proposed. We are not certain how would states be named and demarcation be made if we agree on Maoists’ 11-State model.” The Maoists’ leader Barsa Man Pun said, “The Nepali Congress has out rightly rejected the mono-ethnic model for federalism.”
Arjun Nar Singh K.C. opined, “The NC cannot accept more than eight states.”
Indian Ambassador’s intervention appears to have not worked.
It has also been reported that during the meeting, the Maoists leaders reminded the NC leaders that some sort of agreement was reached the other day on 11-State model. However, the NC leaders reminded the Maoists that they too had given words for 8-state model during Hattiban talks, reports Annapurna Post.
As regards sorting-out issues of state demarcation, the Unified Maoists party has proposed constituting ‘Federal State Demarcation Commission’ to demarcate the states.
However, NC and UML have been saying that such a critical issue could not be left to the mercy of the commission or any other similar bodies. They were of the view that it will create conflict between states thus should be solved immediately.