Main oppn decides to go on offensive

- TIKA R PRADHAN, Kathmandu

Nov 23, 2016-

After a heated argument with the ruling coalition, the CPN-UML on Monday evening poured cold water on the prime minister’s efforts to seek consensus on a constitution amendment proposal, and now it is warming up to go on the offensive. 

Leaders of the main opposition have said they will not let the government register the amendment proposal in Parliament. If the government tries to forcibly table the proposal, the party will counter the move from the streets and Parliament, they said. 

UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli is learnt to have warned Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba that registration of the amendment proposal will but invite confrontation. The main opposition is dead set against splitting Province 5, a plan PM Dahal is mulling over to pave the way for registering the amendment proposal later this week. 

UML Secretary Yogesh Bhattarai said the main opposition “will do everything possible” to block the government plan to split Province 5. 

UML leaders say there is no point in registering the amendment proposal as the Madhes-based parties themselves are not ready for it. 

“We wonder whose interest the amendment will serve as even the agitating Madhes-based parties are planning to oppose the move,” said UML Vice Chairman Bhim Rawal. 

He described the government proposal as stale and something all three parties had rejected in the past. 

Published: 23-11-2016 08:32

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