Task forces meet, major parties and UDMF "closer to conclusion"

KATHMANDU: The task forces of the major parties -- ruling CPN-UML and UCPN-Maoist, and main opposition Nepali Congress -- and the agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front parties held an intensive meeting on Tuesday evening.

They discussed major agendas, including resolving provincial boundaries through a political mechanism and the issues through the constitution amendment. But no concrete decision was made today.

In today's meeting, Minister of Home Affairs Shakti Basnet of UCPN-Maoist had also taken part.

Emerging from the meeting at Singha Darbar, leaders said they were inching closer to a conclusion.

According to Minister Basnet, differences have been narrowed down. He expressed his hope that an agreement would be forged in a few days.

Hridayesh Tripathi of Tarai-Madhes Democratic Party also commented that the discussion was heading to a positive direction.

After a sitting for over two hours, the leaders parted their way with an  understanding to meet on Thursday.

According to Tripathi, the representatives of three major parties have sought time to consult their party leadership.

"There's need for more seriousness in next meeting," he said, talking briefly to mediapersons.