CPN-UML refuses to help Nepali Congress in constitution amendment

BHAKTAPUR: The main opposition CPN-UML on Saturday turned down the ruling Nepali Congress party's request to help endorse the constitution amendment bill in order to ensure the Madhesi parties' participation in the local level elections.

Nepali Congress leaders including President Sher Bahadur Deuba, Ram Chandra Paudel and Krishna Prasad Sitaula had reached CPN-UML Chairman K P Sharma Oli's private residence at Balkot on Saturday to seek support from the main opposition party.

In response, Oli said since the amendment proposal was regressive and against the people's will, the CPN-UML would not support it.

He further made it clear to Deuba that his party would foil the bill.

Emerging from the meeting, NC leader Sitaula told the media that today's meeting centred on current political situation and the constitution amendment bill.

CPN-UML General Secretary Ishwar Pokhrel shared that his party turned down the NC proposal to support the bill.