Talks held between ruling Unified Maoists Party and main opposition parties, Nepali Congress and United Marxist Leninist ended inconclusive, July 25, 2012.
The meeting between the three party leaders took place at the United Marxist Leninist headquarters in Balkhu, Kathmandu.
Whereas the Unified Maoists proposed delaying the election date, the opposition parties insisted on their demand for Prime Minister’s immediate resignation.
The Nepali Congress central committee member Ram Saran Mahat told the media, “We told the Maoists that since the declaration of election was itself an unconstitutional move, we will not support another drama of delaying the election.”
Prime Minister Baburam at the beginning of the meeting claimed that since the possibility of holding election on November 22, 2012 was getting distanced, thus there is the need to postpone the election.
“We told them that we are not at all concerned whether the unconstitutionally declared election will be held on time or not”, added Mahat.
The UML leader Shankar Pokharel opined, “We may not immediately decide to take to streets but we cannot wait for long.”
Mahat continued, “Talks and Street protests will go in parallel.”
Narayan Kaji Shrestha of Unified Maoists however claimed, “Talks between parties had become rare. This is the beginning. We will sit more frequently. This is positive.”
Present also at the meeting were Chairman Pushpa Kamal and Prime Minister Baburam from Unified Maoists, President Sushil, senior leaders Sher Bahadur, Ram Chandra, Krishna Sitaula and Prakash Man and Chairman Jhalnath, Senior leader Madhav Nepal and Bam Dev.