Nepali Congress to hold further discussions on amendment

KATHMANDU: The ruling Nepali Congress on Monday decided to hold further discussions on the purported Constitution amendment in a bid to find maximum consensus for the same.

A meeting of the party's office-bearers and former office-bearers held at Singhadarbar today decided to hold talks with various political actors including the main opposition CPN-UML and Madhes-centric forces.

During the meeting, party President Sher Bahadur Deuba had briefed key leaders of the party about recent developments regarding the amendment, according to the Rastriya Samachar Samiti.

Likewise, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Bimalendra Nidhi had explained contents of the amendment proposal draft.

According to him, amendments would be sought in provisions related to boundaries of the provinces, structure of the National Assembly, marital naturalised citizenship and recognition of languages.

Province 5 draws attention

Meanwhile, the meeting witnessed a heated debate on whether the Province 5 should be split in the next amendment.

While most of the leaders aired their views against splitting it, a final decision would be taken only after the government finalised the amendment bill, the RSS report quoted leader Ram Sharan Mahat as saying.