Biggies hold talks with Madhesi Front before PM leaves for China

KATHMANDU: Major parties on Thursday held talks with the agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front in a bid to convince them for local polls.

Though the meeting could not make any concrete decision, the leaders considered it as a positive move as major ruling and opposition forces came together after a long gap, it has been learned.

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal had called the meeting among the biggest ruling coalition member Nepali Congress, main opposition CPN-UML, his own CPN Maoist Centre, another coalition partner Rastriya Prajatantra Party and the agitating Madhesi parties just hours before he would leave for China for a week.

The meeting focused on two agendas of local level polls and the Constitution amendment bill stalled at the Parliament, according to the PM's Secretariat.

During the meeting, the PM had urged all the meeting attendants to endorse the Constitution amendment bill by putting the issue of revision on provincial boundaries on hold and then expedite preparations for the polls slated for May 14.

Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba, Deputy Prime Minister duo Bimalendra Nidhi and Kamal Thapa, UML leaders Bamdev Gautam and Subas Chandra Nembang as well as Madhesi Front leaders Upendra Yadav, Mahantha Thakur, Rajendra Mahato, Anil Jha and Mahendra Raya Yadav among others were present at the meeting.