FSFN positive to join government

KATHMANDU: The Federal Socialist Forum Nepal (FSFN) is likely to join the CPN-UML Chair KP Sharma Oli-led government, going by a series of 'positive' talks taking place in this regard between the government and FSFN.

The FSFN has placed the constitution amendment — an issue it has been raising since the promulgation of the constitution — as a major proposal in joining the government.

"Official view of Prime Minister Oli on the issue will open the door for us to participate in the government," said FSFN Chairman Upendra Yadav, talking to Rastriya Samachar Samiti.

Although the bilateral meeting held on Wednesday to this effect was positive, the FSFN wants the constitution amendment to become a political issue, which would foster an environment of trust, according to the Forum.

"Discussions in this regard have started since Wednesday. Our participation in the government will depend on how the government responds to our demands," Yadav said.

Likewise, Prime Minister Oli has also intensified efforts to bring the Rastriya Janata Party (RJP) on board the government.

"Discussions are on-going in this regard. Our bottom line to participate in the government is constitution amendment. The CPN-UML has been flexible towards the matter lately, so we are positive," said Presidium member of RJP Sharad Singh Bhandari.

The UML politburo member Bishnu Rimal said the door is open for those political parties willing to join the government.