Govt calls Federal Alliance for talks again

KATHMANDU: The government on Friday decided to make a call to the Federal Alliance, a bloc of parties protesting the Constitution, for talks.

A Council of Ministers meeting held on Friday afternoon made the decision to this effect.

According to the Cabinet decision, the government would show utmost flexibility in the talks with protesting parties

The Alliance has been organising a Kathmandu-centric protest demanding rewriting of the Constitution of late.

Earlier on May 8, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Kamal Thapa, who heads the government talks team, had invited the protesting United Democratic Madhesi Front for the talks. Constituents of the UDMF themselves lead the Federal Alliance.

The UDMF, however, responded to the government’s invitation for the talks claiming that that talks under the present circumstances were irrelevant.

Meanwhile, the government also decided to extend a support of USD 100,000 to victims of recent floods in Sri Lanka.