PM proposes local polls in April notwithstanding amendment

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has proposed to hold local polls in April next year notwithstanding the success or failure of the Constitution amendment bill being tabled at the House.

Dahal called a meeting among top leaders of major four parties - Nepali Congress, CPN-UML, CPN Maoist Centre and Rastriya Prajatantra Party - and sought their consent for the same.

Likewise, UML Vice-Chairman Bhim Rawal said his party was always ready for the local polls.

The meeting was held at the Speaker's Office in Singhadarbar. UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli was absent in the meeting and his deputy Bamdev Gautam had represented the main opposition.

Oli is said to have some health issues since this morning.

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Meanwhile, the Prime Minister also told the leaders in the meeting that he would hold similar discussions with constituents of the United Democratic Madhesi Front on the same issue tomorrow.

He is scheduled to hold a meeting with leaders of the Bijay Kumar Gachhadar-led Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Democratic.