KATHMANDU: Major political parties apparently have agreed to jointly table amendment proposal on the Revised Draft on Nepal's Constitution 2015 at the Constituent Assembly. The top leaders of four parties -- Nepali Congress, CPN-UML, UCPN-Maoist and Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Democratic -- held a meeting at Singha Durbar to discuss the issues related to the new constitution. Emerging from the meeting, CPN-UML leader Madhav Kumar Nepal and UCPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal, however, made contradictory statements. After the meeting, NC and CPN-UML are holding bilateral talks, while UCPN-Maoist is holding meeting of its Parliamentary Party. Likewise, the Federal Democratic Alliance, led by MJF-D Chairman Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar, is holding meeting of its constituent parties separately. After the meeting, leader Madhav Kumar Nepal told the media the parties agreed to prepare the amendment proposal jointly by taking into consideration the concerns raised by various groups and protesters. According to him, the leaders have agreed to envisage four constitutional commissions on Janajati, Madhesi, Tharu and Muslim communities in the Constitution, and set up a federal commission to deal with the boundaries of purported federal units. He further said that the parties have agreed to remove the provision of Constitutional Court and set up a constitutional bench in the Supreme Court instead. Also, Baglung district, which was earlier split while fixing demarcation of purported provinces, would be kept intact as per today's understanding. Contradicting with leader Nepal's statement, UCPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, however, said that the parties could make headway against the differences.

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