NC, UCPN-M agree to take UDMF into confidence for Constitution amendment

KATHMANDU: Top leaders of Nepali Congress and UCPN-Maoist on Sunday agreed to take the protesting United Democratic Madhesi Front into confidence to forward discussions on the Constitution Amendment Bill at the Parliament.

At a meeting held at the UCPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal's residence today, the leaders said they would take initiative to bring the protesting alliance to consensus for amending the Constitution to address its demands.

The Parliament meeting scheduled for Sunday is likely to begin discussions on the Bill, registered around three months ago by the then Nepali Congress-led government and tabled by the incumbent CPN-UML led government on December 15.

The Front has been arguing that the Bill failed to address their concerns.

According to NC General Secretary Prakash Man Singh, who attended the meeting, the two parties also agreed to talk with the UDMF with a common view on the protesters' demands.

The two parties also agreed to meet the top UDMF leaders together this evening, Singh added.

He also informed that the main opposition party would hold talks with the UDMF on Saturday afternoon before the three-party talks.

(With inputs from the Rastriya Samachar Samiti)