Any hope that the festive mood in Nepal could help end the ongoing political crisis seems unlikely for the time being with opposition parties rejecting a fresh move by ruling Maoists.
After a 'Dashain' hiatus of nearly 10 days, talks have resumed among the ruling parties and those in opposition, but there is no sign yet of resolving the impasse soon.
On Saturday, Nepali Congress and Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist) rejected two proposals forwarded by Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda'.
The Maoist chief had discussed the proposals in separate talks with NC president Sushil Koirala, CPN (UML) chairman Jhalanath Khanal and former Prime Minister and CPN (UML) leader Madhav Kumar Nepal.
Prachanda expressed his party's willingness to support a new government headed by NC if the latter agree on reviving the dissolved Constituent Assembly to promulgate the new constitution.
The other option suggested by him was for both NC and CPN (UML) to join the present Maoist-Madhesi coalition headed by Baburam Bhattarai if they stick to their demand of holding fresh polls.
“There’s no question of discussing the fresh proposals till the present government leaves office and a new one takes charge,” Khanal told reporters after the meeting with Prachanda.
Despite internal differences on whether the CA should be revived or fresh polls held, NC president Koirala also refused to entertain Prachanda’s proposals.
Both NC and CPN (UML) have been opposing revival of CA and are demanding Bhattarai’s resignation and formation of a unity government comprising all parties to hold fresh polls.
Prachanda who has been facing flak for his shifting stances on ending the present crisis has become active after the break in talks due to ‘Dashain’, the biggest and longest festival in Nepal.
On Thursday he had met President Ram Baran Yadav and submitted his proposals in writing.
Nepal is witnessing political and constitutional crisis since May following dissolution of the CA without promulgating a new constitution.