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Prez seeks ardent bid from parties

KATHMANDU, NOV 13 - President Ram Baran Yadav on Tuesday urged top leaders of four major political forces to make earnest efforts to resolve the protracted political standoff and the budget stalemate at the earliest.

President Yadav had invited the leaders at his residence to pressure the parties—UCPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha (SLMM)—to seek a broader political consensus. Presenting half-a-dozen pertinent issues, the President also asked the leaders to end the political transition. The budget problem will repeat if the political stalemate continues, President Yadav reportedly told the leaders, adding that posts in constitutional bodies are lying vacant and that the Supreme Court is also short of judges. “President Yadav once again reminded the leaders about the problems the nation is currently facing due to the crises. He requested the leaders to pay serious attention to these issues rather than only focusing on the budget,” the President’s Press Adviser, Rajendra Dahal, quoted the head of state as telling the leaders.

On the budget, the President enquired with the leaders the constitutional basis on which he should endorse it. “At one hand you [leaders] are talking about holding elections in April or May, while on the other you are poised to table a budget with popular programmes. What will be my role in such a contradiction? I  will do what you all suggest me to,” the President told the leaders.

“Budget is a national issue and needs agreement among the parties. I request you all to not make it a prestige issue,” the President said.

Following the meeting, Chairman of the Madhesi Janadhikar Forum Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar said they held talks on ending the deadlock by the end of November.

The President further warned the leaders that as the political crisis deepens, there is a risk of the country losing the achievements made from the people’s movement. The top leaders told the President that they will adopt maximum flexibility on issues related to the budget and the political crisis.

The leaders also exchanged Tihar greetings during the three-hour-long meeting.

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