Stories By 'TIKA R PRADHAN'
Lawmakers of the ruling CPN (Maoist Centre) have demanded clarifications from Prime Minster and Parliamentary Party (PP) leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal on media reports that “influential ministers from his government have distributed budget haphazardly”.
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The CPN-UML, which earlier in the day reiterated its stance that the government should focus on local polls set for May 14 rather than constitution amendment, later on Monday demanded that the government come up with a “final proposal” that could ensure Madhes-based parties’ participation in the elections.
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A sitting minister on Saturday warned that the Election Commission (EC) decision of striking down parts of his party statute can have serious implications and could ruin the environment for local level elections.
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The agitating Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha has refused the request of the governing parties--CPN (Maoist Centre), Nepali Congress and the Rastriya Prajatantra Party--to join the local polls even as the coalition expressed its readiness to sort the row over provincial boundaries before holding the state elections.
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Four parties within the Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha (SLMM) have withdrawn their support to the current government led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal after the government failed to address their five-point demand within a week-long ultimatum that ended on Tuesday.
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Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal once again on Tuesday called on the Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha, an alliance of seven Madhes-based parties, to participate in local level elections, saying that provincial boundaries should not be an issue for these polls.
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