'Govt to continue talks with Madhesi parties'

KATHMANDU: Deputy Prime Minister and Vice-Chairman of ruling CPN-UML Bhim Bahadur Rawal on Sunday said the government would continue talks with the agitating Madhesi parties though the amendment to the Constitution endorsed by the House on Saturday addressed their major demands.

"Demands raised by the (United Democratic Madhesi) Front have been thoroughly addressed," Rawal said speaking at an interaction with journalists in Kathmandu today, "It has also given a message that the government is ready to address other concerns in the coming days."

"Please come to the meaningful talks by giving an end to bandhs, strikes, violent activities and restricting other parties. The government is ready to solve the problems through talks."

The government would formally invite the Front for talks soon, Rawal informed.

A meeting of the House on Saturday had endorsed the Bill on First Amendment of the Constitution of Nepal with comfortable two-third majority amid disagreement from the agitating Madhes-based parties.

Although what the amendment included were the two key demands of the agitating Madhes-based parties, they had protested in the well and walked out chanting slogans against the Bill as soon as it was put to vote.

They have warned of continuing the agitation.