Morcha ‘positive’ about plan

  • PM floats supplementary constitution amendment proposal
  • Oppn UML asks PM for details
- TIKA R PRADHAN, Kathmandu
Madhesi leaders say they would take part in elections if the supplementary revision is forwarded in consultation with them

Jan 24, 2017-The alliance of Madhes-based parties seems to be “positive” about Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s proposal to introduce a supplementary proposal to the constitution amendment bill tabled in Parliament.

The main opposition CPN-UML, which stands firmly against a second amendment to the constitution, has also sought a detailed proposal from the government on Dahal’s idea.

In a three-party meeting on Saturday, PM Dahal proposed omitting the provision, through a supplementary proposal, of the chief and deputy chief of Village Councils and municipalities participating in the electoral college to form the National Assembly.

The PM brought up the proposal with an aim to end the deadlock created after the government registered the constitution amendment bill in Parliament. Sources said Dahal had consulted with Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba before presenting the proposal on Saturday.

According to sources close to the PM, the ruling alliance hopes the Madhesi parties will take part in the elections if the issue of electoral college is resolved.

Madhesi leaders said they would take part in elections if the supplementary revision is forwarded in consultation with them.

Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum Nepal Co-chairman Rajendra Shrestha said the proposal could be used to revise the provisions of the tabled bill by as demanded by the Madhesi Morcha.

Nepal Sadbhawana Party Chairman Anil Jha said the regional parties would accept the proposal as it would help address their demands.

A senior UML leader demanded that his party should know first how the government plans to move ahead. “On Saturday, the PM only floated the proposal. We are ready to discuss it if he invites us for consultation,” he said.

Published: 24-01-2017 07:31

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