Big III 'close to consensus' on Constitution amendment

KATHMANDU: Major three political parties have reached closer to an agreement regarding the Constitution amendment proposal.

In a meeting among top leaders of the Nepali Congress, the CPN-UML and the CPN Maoist Centre at the Prime Minister's residence in Baluwatar this morning, positive discussions were held on the issue and they agreed to register the proposal at the Legislature-Parliament at the earliest.

The top leaders of all three parties reached to the conclusion that they should move ahead together by forging consensus to take the Constitution towards an effective implementation like during the time of writing the charter, Maoist leader Barshaman Pun said.

The highest leadership of three major political parties have realised the necessity of amending the Constitution to find a smooth way for its enforcement, Pun added.

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, during the meeting, had briefed the leaders about the issues in the Constitution that need to be amended. The meeting discussed the issues pertaining to the fresh demarcation of provinces, citizenship and the representation of provinces in the National Assembly.

It is noted that the Federal Alliance, a coalition of 28 regional parties, and the United Democratic Madhesi Front comprising major Madhes-based parties have been demanding the amendment to the country's main law, expressing dissatisfaction over some of its provisions before the promulgation of the Constitution.

Earlier, the government had promised that it would table the amendment proposal at the House within mid-November.

Prime Minister Dahal, NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba, UML Chair KP Sharma Oli, Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Bimalendra Nidhi, and Pun among others were present at the meeting.