PM vows election date after UAE visit

KATHMANDU, Jan 14: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda has assured to fix election date after his return home from his visit to United Arab Emirates (UAE). The mutual understanding took place in a telephone conversation with major opposition party CPN-UML Chairman KP Oli –an hour before leaving to a formal visit to UAE today morning.
According to Ministry of Foreign Affairs, PM Dahal is leaving to UAE on a 4 days visit to participate in the World Future Energy Summit 2017 that kicks off January 16. During his visit, PM Dahal will hold discussion with UAE counterpart on bi-lateral issues between two countries.
According to some highly-placed sources, PM Dahal has already held talks with the top leaders of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP), Madhesi People’s Rights Forum-Democratic (MPRF-D) and other parties including the Janashakti Party Loktantrik, Nepal Family Party, Bahujan Shakti Party and Nepa Party to bring the opposition rank on broad the government that will hitch the two-thirds majority votes in favour that is required to pass the bill.
Prime Minister Dahal has been trying to bring RPP Chairman Kamal Thapa and Madhesi People’s Rights Forum-Democratic (MPRF-D) Chairman Bijaya Gachchhadar in the government for securing the two-thirds votes in favor of the amendment bill.
Reports also say that Nepal Congress and the CPN (Maoist Center) have reached an informal understanding to keep the Home Ministry and Finance Ministry for themselves, and are open to negotiations for the other ministries if the parties under negotiations decided to join the government.
The Home Ministry is currently held by the NC, the Finance Ministry is with the Maoist Center.