The extended deadline of the constitution drafting is fast drawing closer, but the much sought-after consensus remains elusive as ever.
The reason: all major parties are running after the seat of power. The constitution and the peace process are not high on their priority.
As each party seeks to gain the upper hand in the power struggle, internal wrangling have badly shaken them.
It was this wrangling that destroyed an earlier agreement on power-sharing on rotation basis. Under the tacit agreement, the Nepali Congress was to lead the government first, followed four months later by the Maoists on completion of the peace process.
The idea did not find many takers in the hardline Maoist camp. And the dissenters forced the party to seek the special session of parliament. This vitiated the slowly building atmosphere of mutual trust.
The routine winter session has subsequently been called. But there is no sign yet of a breakthrough in government-formation.
The parties realize the urgency of a new government at the earliest. But they are also in a hurry to lead it first. None of the parties are sure if the others will leave the chair once they grab it. Hence the current stalemate.
Given the present mind-set of the parties, all one can expect, if at all, from the winter session of parliament which is due to begin shortly is a majority government.