SSF-N gears up to join government

- TIKA R PRADHAN, Kathmandu

May 28, 2018-

The Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum-Nepal (SSF-N) has reviving the stalled dialogue with leaders of the Nepal Communist Party, signalling that it could join the KP Oli government.

As a gesture of the positive development in the ongoing engagements with the ruling party, the SSF-N lawmakers on Sunday withdrew their amendment proposal on government’s policies and programmes.

SSF-N leaders said they decided to withdraw the amendment proposal after receiving positive gesture from the government on constitution amendment.

The SSF-N’s decision to withdraw the proposal was prompted by the dialogue with NCP Co-chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal and PM’s assurance. But another Madhes-based party RJP-N chose not to withdraw.

“We decided to withdraw our amendment proposal after PM Oli in his speech at Parliament said the government was ready to amend the constitution,” said Ram Sahay Prasad Yadav, one of the SSF-N lawmakers who had registered the amendment proposal.

In the morning, Chairman Upendra Yadav had discussed with the NCP leaders, including PM Oli and Dahal at Baluwatar. The three leaders also met at Parliament later in the day. “Withdrawing the amendment proposal on government’s policies and programmes was just a gesture that the SSF-N has unflinching support to the government,” SSF-N Chairman Yadav said. SSF-N leaders are also meeting NCP leaders at Baluwatar on Monday morning.

Asked about the possibility of the party joining the government, SSF-N Chairman Yadav said: “It’s upto the government, we are always open to it,” he said.

Baluwatar sources also confirmed that the engagements with the SSF-N was heading towards the right direction.

Meanwhile, addressing a function organised to mark the 16th death anniversary of senior journalist and poet Krishna Sen in police custody, Chairman of NCP Dahal said more radical decisions in a few days would surprise many. Hinting at the developments on dialogue with the Madhes-based parties, Dahal said the government was working to bring them on board the government.

Published: 28-05-2018 06:53

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