Prachanda-led new talks team to negotiate with agitating parties

Kathmandu, Nov 15: A high level talks team has been formed from the side of the parties representing in the incumbent government to hold discussions with protesting Tarai-Madhes based parties today.

A meeting of the High Level Political Committee held at the Prime Minister's official residence at Baluwatar this morning formed the dialogue team under the convenorship of  the UCPN (Maoist) chair and former Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda'.

Similarly, other members of the team are CPN (UML) senior leader and former PM Jhalnath Khanal and the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Kamal Thapa.

The team was formed after the protesting parties reportedly were found unwilling to hold discussions with the talks team formed from the government side.

Earlier, the government had formed a talks team led by DPM Thapa that held a few rounds of talks with the agitating parties.

However, it is learnt that the new dialogue team was formed as the protesting parties stressed holding discussions at a higher level.  

A source said that the government is trying its best to let the main opposition Nepali Congress representatives partake in the team.

Earlier on November 14, during a meeting between Madhes-based political parties and NC, demands had been made to form a high level talks team to address the protest in Tarai.

Ganesh Sah, Chairman of CPN (United) and member of the High Level Political Committee, said that the issue to be mentioned in Prime Minister's address to the nation this evening was also discussed during the meeting.

He said that the PM's address includes the unofficial blockade against Nepal by India and consequent problems about the management of supplies and its adverse impact on people's life, government's efforts towards resolving the problems, ongoing agitation in the Tarai and the government's efforts towards easing it among others.

He said that during the meeting, an agreement was struck to sort out existing political problems within some days, while continuing talks with the agitating groups.

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