The ruling Unified Maoists’ Party and Unified Democratic Madhesi Alliance have reached yet another deal to provide continuity to the constitution drafting process.
But who could have mediated this deal? Keep on guessing.
Following three party agreements, May 15, 2012 to constitute 11 multi-ethnic federal states in the forthcoming constitution the alliance had threatened to quit the government.
The ruling Madhesi Alliance had demanded identity based federal units.
The alliance and Maoists leaders had held a three hour long discussion at the Prime Ministers’ residence in Baluatar, Kathmandu.
The Maoists leaders blamed Nepali Congress and United Marxist Leninist for putting pressure on Maoists party to go against identity based federalism.
Present at the meeting was Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal of Unified Maoists who told the alliance leaders that without their support, drafting of the constitution was impossible.
“I have no idea where are you heading towards. We have nowhere else to go except restore peace and draft the constitution. Without constitution we will lose everything.”
Dahal further questioned, “I too believe that federalism without identity is meaningless. Yet you must understand under what sort of compelling circumstances we had to make the compromises. ”
Pat replied the alliance leaders, “We are not against peace and constitution.”
Yet the Madhesi leaders remained skeptical over their share in the next government that as per a deal between parties is to be led by Nepali Congress.
“Our share in the government should be kept intact,” the alliance leaders contested.
Portfolio becomes important.
Hridayesh Tripathi of Tarai Madhesh Loktantrik Party later told the media that Unified Maoists had to compromise on non-identity based federal units mainly because of Nepali Congress and United Marxist Leninist Party.
They told us they are still committed to identity based federalism, Tripathi told the media.
Rajendra Mahato of Sadvawana Party revealed that Chairman Dahal has assured the alliance that his party will rethink on the 11-State federal model.
“We will either settle for 10 or 14 states”, Dahal is quoted as saying by the media.
Prachanda keeps on changing. Mind it dear party leaders. He may talk different when he meets the other.