Dahal confers with leaders of different parties on House obstruction, Madhes unrest

Kathmandu, Dec 25: Coordinator of the High Level Political Mechanism and UCPN (Maoist) Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal today held political consultations with leaders of different political parties, focusing on addressing the ongoing Tarai-Madhes agitation and ending the parliament deadlock.

Dahal held a separate meeting with Nepali Congress General Secretary Krishna Prasad Sitaula and CPN (UML) leader Madhav Kumar Nepal. The meetings took place at Dahal’s residence agreed on dealing with the constitution amendment bill registered at the Legislature-Parliament on the consent of the agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF).

It was agreed in the both meetings that the bill registered at the parliament to amend the constitution should be taken ahead on the basis of maximum consensus among the political parties, according to Dahal’s aide Shiva Khakurel. Consultations among three political leaders concentrated on garnering support from the UDMF to take the amendment bill ahead in upcoming Sunday’s meeting of the Legislature-Parliament and clearing off obstructions on supply system via the Nepal-India border points.

Leader Dahal held a separate meeting with Upendra Yadav, Chair of Federal Socialist Forum Nepal, and Mahantha Thakur, Chairman of Tarai Madhes Loktantrik Party. The meetings were held in a private residence in the capital. On the occasions, Dahal called on both leaders for support to execute the constitution amendment bill. But in response, UDMF leaders said the demarcation of federal units was the main agenda of the Tarai-Madhes agitation and sought clear views from the government on this.

In response, Dahal said the matter relating to the delineation of federal units was complex and it could be addressed with forming a separate political body within the next three months. The meetings went through as per the schedule, Dahal’s aide Khakurel said. RSS