Constitution amendment: Ruling, Madhesi parties on the same page?

KATHMANDU: Have the ruling and agitating Madhesi parties already made an understanding about contents of the Constitution amendment proposal that the government would put forth in a bid to address their demands?

Nepali Congress senior leader Ram Chandra Paudel, who was present during the meeting between the two sides on Sunday, told reporters today: yes!

"The Constitution would be amended by mid-November," Paudel told journalists who had reached his residence in Bohoratar of Kathmandu for a Deusi-Bhailo programme today, "The parties have agreed for the same. We have reached to the consensus during the meeting in Baluwatar yesterday."

Paudel even revealed that the parties had already compromised on all the contentious issues including bordering of provinces, citizenship issues, official languages and composition of the Upper House.

The ruling NC and CPN Maoist Centre on Sunday had held a meeting with the Federal Alliance, which has the agitating Madhesi parties as its constituents, over the issue.

It was reported that the meeting ended on a positive note.

The main opposition CPN-UML, however, has been saying that the Constitution amendment issue was never discussed with the party yet.

The main opposition leader KP Sharma Oli had told the same Deusi-Bhailo team today that the UML’s stance that the charter could only be amended to meet national interests was intact.