KATHMANDU, July 4: Pradip Gyawali, secretary of the main opposition CPN-UML, has urged the government to withdraw the constitution amendment bill currently stalled at the parliament for resolving ongoing status quo.
He asserted that his party will support the government if it tables the bill by amending it in consultation with the party.
“We will not let the current amendment bill get endorsed through the parliament as it was brought without consulting the UML,” said Gyawali while speaking at an interaction program organized by the Reporters’ Club Nepal on Tuesday.
He added, “All the major parties including Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN) must hold discussion if the constitution is to be amended.”
Stating that the Nepali Congress (NC) and the CPN (Maoist Center) had vowed to garner two-third majority in favor of the bill, he said, “UML has never been against the amendment. It’s just that the relevance of the amendment should be justified.”
He said that the amendment is possible before the third phase of the local level elections stipulated on September 18.
He however opined that the political parties should not waste time on amendment matters as all three tiers of election have to be conducted before January 21, 2018.
Gyawali further stated that Madhesi people had shown enthusiastic participation in the local election and he appealed RJPN to participate in the election.
Stating that UML and RJPN have developed a positive relation in the latest period, he added, “We are open to hold talks with RJPN.”