Nepali Congress, CPN-MC, UDMF to go ahead with amendment bill

Kathmandu [Nepal], Dec. 18 : The Nepali Congress, Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist-Centre) and the United Democratic Madhesi Front agreed during a meeting to go ahead with the process of ratifying the Constitution Amendment Bill.

The Himalayan Times quoted Chair of National Madhes Socialist Party Sharat Singh Bhandari, as saying that UDMF leaders have been assured by Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal that the process of amending the bill would move forward and the government would neither withdraw the amendment bill nor it will postpone its process.

Sadbhawana Party Chair Rajendra Mahato said that the meeting decided to make joint efforts to end the deadlock in the house, adding that it was also decided to hold discussions with the political forces.

Mahato further stated that the leaders of the ruling parties agreed on holding local polls under the old structure.

However, UDMF leaders said that they would decide on the local polls only after the bill is passed. Asserting that parliamentary norms should be followed by UML, CPN-MC spokesperson Pampha Bhusal said that they should stop obstructing the proceedings of the house.

He said that views could be presented by the UML on the bill and defeat the bill if it could. Bhusal said efforts would be made to revise the bill in the parliament as UDMF wants revision of the bill.

Consultations would be held by the ruling parties with all other parties. Mahato said that Nepali Congress is in favour of the bill as informed it was informed by the NC presiden Sher Bahadur Deuba in the meeting.

Source: ANI