NC, UCPN (M) hold discussions about constitution amendment bill, Madhes demands

 Kathmandu, Dec 26: The main opposition Nepali Congress and ruling party UCPN (Maoist) today held discussions, focusing on constitution amendment bill and demands of agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF).

During the meeting took place at UCPN (M) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s residence, both parties agreed to forward the constitution amendment bill by taking the Madhes-centric parties into their confidence and thereby addressing the problems facing the country.
The meeting between the two major political parties was held ahead of the Legislature-Parliament meeting that has been summoned for Sunday.
UCPN (M) Chair Dahal who is also the coordinator of the High Level Political Mechanism is learnt to have making efforts to convince the protesting UDMF leaders to allow the House to endorse the bill registered at the parliament by the previous NC-led government to carry out amendments to the constitution. Both parties have agreed to come up with common views regarding the Madhes issues, NC General Secretary Prakashman Singh who was present in the bilateral meeting said.
He said that NC and the UDMF would hold discussions at 3:00 pm today and then NC, UDMF and UCPN (Maoist) are scheduled to hold discussions this afternoon in this connection.
In the meeting, UCPN (Maoist) Chair Dahal expected NC’s support to sort out the problems stating that the political deadlock should not go long under any pretext.

Chair Dahal’ aide Shiv Khakurel informed the media that Chair Dahal opined for resolving the disputes over the delineation of federal units through a political committee.

Earlier Chair Dahal on Friday held separate discussions with NC General Secretary Krishna Prasad Sitaula, CPN UML leader Madhav Kumar Nepal, Federal Socialist Forum Nepal Chair Upendra Yadav and Tarai Madhes Democratic Party Chair Mahantha Thakur in this regard.