Kathmandu: With no end in sight to Nepal's political troubles, President Ram Baran Yadav on Sunday met top political leaders and asked them to take steps to forge consensus for resolving the crisis over the constitution and fresh elections.
The meeting came as political crisis deepened in the country, with a deadline set by the Election Commission for the government to enact a constitutional amendment to enable the conducting of fresh elections expiring on Sunday.
Nepali Congress president Sushil Koirala, Vice President Ramchandra Poudyal and senior leader of the party Sher Bahadur Deuba met President Yadav to ask him to intervene and take initiatives to end the political deadlock.
Senior Madhesi leader and president of Madhesi Peoples Rights Forum, Upendra Yadav also separately met the president.
"The President inquired the leaders how they are working to bail the country out from the current political crisis," president's press adviser Rajendra Dahal said.
The President urged them to forge consensus for resolving the crisis, he said.
The Election Commission had asked the Government to formulate election-related regulations by July 22 if elections are to be held within the stipulated date of November 22.
The meeting between EC officials and top leaders of major political parties ended inconclusively today as the leaders remained divided over extension of the deadline set by the EC to remove legal and constitutional hurdles to facilitate conducting of the new elections.
Earlier, the EC had set today's deadline for amending the electoral regulations and the interim constitution, saying it needs at least 120 days to prepare for the Constituent Assembly polls declared by the caretaker government.

Coming out of the meeting, Nepali Congress Vice-President Ram Chandra Paudel said that the government has once again manifested its failure by declaring fresh polls in haste.
The opposition parties Nepali Congress and CPN-UML have been threatening to boycott the election announced by Prime Minister Bhattarai saying the announcement was breach of the constitution.
During the meeting with the president, the main opposition Nepali Congress asked him to take initiatives to rescue the country from the current deadlock.
The opposition parties have been demanding that Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai steps down to pave the way to form a national consensus government.
They have opposed Bhattarai's move to announce fresh elections unilaterally without amending the interim constitution, which has no provision for conducting new elections.
Earlier on Saturday, senior leaders of the CPN-UML, another opposition party met the president and asked him to take steps to resolve the ongoing political crisis and initiate the process of forming a national consensus government, party sources said.
Those present at meeting include party chairman Jhalanath Khanal, former Prime Minister Madhav Nepal and senior leader K P Sharma Oli.


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