Parliament delayed as major parties busy in last hour meetings prior to PM election

KATHMANDU: The meeting of Legislature-Parliament scheduled for 11 am has not started yet as the leaders of major parties are busy holding last hour meetings prior to the prime ministerial election.

Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala and CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli are contesting for the post of country's executive head.

The leaders of Nepali Congress and CPN-UML are holding internal, bilateral and multilateral talks in the eleventh hour to garner support for their candidates.

Also, the agitating parties affiliated with the United Democratic Madhesi Front and the Federal Democratic are also holding separate meetings.

The UDMF leaders are discussing whether to take part in the voting at Parliament and who to cast vote for.

The UDMF parties have 36 lawmakers, while the FDA parties have 18.

The Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal, which has already decided to support Oli, held a meeting of the Parliamentary Party this morning.

The party has issued a whip to all 25 lawmakers to cast vote for Oli.

UCPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal is the proposer and RPP-Nepal Chairman Kamal Thapa is the seconder of Oli's candidacy.