Ruling parties, Nepali Congress, UDMF point finger at each-other for stalemate

KATHMANDU: As the major political forces have been unable to find consensus to give the nation a way-out, leaders representing them said they were adamant on their stances.

Speaking at an interaction at the Reporters' Club today, leaders of the ruling CPN-UML, the main opposition Nepali Congress and the agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front instead accused each other for the stalemate.

Nepali Congress leader Minendra Rijal said endorsing the Bill on National Reconstruction Authority alone was not sufficient to rid the nation of current chaos.

"The blockade has to come to an end," Rijal said, suggesting that the government must solve the Tarai unrest at the earliest with the Constitution Amendment Bill, "For reconstruction also, we need to import construction materials."

He urged the Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli to become more responsible for the problems.

Speaking at the same function, CPN-UML Vice-Chairman Yuvaraj Gyawali, however, accused the main opposition of trying to further continue the crisis.

He clarified that the Prime Minister's party was willing to endorse the Constitution Amendment Bill as it had already decided for the same at the national cadre meeting held in Chitwan district last week.

Gyawali also criticised the agitating UDMF for continuing with the blockading border points.

"The country cannot move if you shut the nation when you have different opinions," he said.

Chairman of a UDMF-constituent Tarai Madhes Sadbhawana Party, Mahendra Yadav, however, said the Front would not lift the blockade till its demands were met.

He even warned that the UDMF would announce more intense programmes on Wednesday.

Clarifying that the UDMF had objections to the Constitution Amendment Bill registered by the NC-led government, Yadav said all the differences should be ironed out in a package.