KATHMANDU, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) --- Nepal's major political parties that back the government should reopen talks with opposition groups to remove uncertainties in the Nov. 19 elections and to ensure a peaceful and fair electoral exercise, political leaders and analysts here said on Wednesday.
After the break down of their talks last week between High Level Political Committee (HLPC), a five party mechanism that back the government, and CPN-Maoist-led 33-party alliance, many fear that the upcoming elections for members of the Constituent Assembly (CA) may turn out to be violent.
The CPN-Maoist alliance is preparing to stage protest actions against the election process and may even call for an indefinite general strike.
The talks between HLPC and 33-party alliance failed after the former said that change of government and the postponement of the election cannot be allowed.
The major parties that back the government on Aug. 23 had agreed to hold an all-party roundtable conference but later they backtracked, saying that it would hamper the Nov. 19 elections, a move that angered the CPN-Maoist-led alliance.
"All the parties should have discussed all election-related matters among the opposing parties in the roundtable conference but they abruptly cancel the meeting which has created an uncertainty in the coming polls," said political analyst Muma Ram Khanal.
But major parties such as the Unified Communist Party of Nepal, Maoist (UCPN-Maoist), Nepali Congress (NC) and the CPN-UML have said that there was no need for the roundtable because the 33- party alliance has already expressed its opposition to the holding of the elections.
The major parties are now in a quandary because without the participation of the CPN-Maoist, a breakaway faction of UCPN ( Maoist) which has a nation-wide network, it would be impossible to hold a credible election.
The CPN-Maoist-led alliance is planning to urge Interim President Dr Ram Baran Yadav to reopen the talks, saying that their first priority is settling the disputes through a dialogue and they do not want a confrontation.
"The talks should be pushed through since contrary to reports, we are not against the election. But I do not think the four parties will be ready to backtrack as they are under immense foreign pressure," CPN-Maoist general Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa told media persons referring to Indian interference.
As CPN-Maoist-led alliance is threatening to obstruct the Nov. 19 election, political observers fear that the election could be violent.
On a positive note, the major parties have said that they're ready to resolve the disputes through a dialogue and consensus but did not say when the talks should resume.
After pressures were exerted on the HLPC, committee announced on Wednesday that they have decided to continue to hold talks with CPN-Maoist. "The HLPC is committed to end the deadlock through dialogue and consensus," HLPC leader Raghuji Panta said.
The main stumbling block is that the CPN-Maoist-led alliance has not registered in the Election Commission, so even if the opposing groups could reach an agreement, the opposition alliance still could not participate in the upcoming polls.
The major parties agreed on March 13 to form an election government headed by the chief justice, a move that the CPN-Maoist and other many parties have strongly opposed. They demanded that a party-led government should be formed to supervise the elections.
Nepal could be facing a constitutional crisis because the interim government will be automatically dissolved if it fails to hold elections until December this year.
If the election is not possible on Nov. 19, it will have to be postponed for either March or April next year because of climatic reasons, analysts said.