Top leaders to talk with Madhesi Front

KATHMANDU: Major five political parties - including the main opposition Nepali Congress and other ruling four - on Wednesday decided that top leaders of the big parties would hold talks with the protesting United Democratic Madhesi Front.

Nepali Congress, CPN-UML, UCPN-Maoist, Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Democratic and Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal had held a meeting at the Prime Minister's residence in Baluwatar this afternoon to prepare strategies for talks with the Front.

NC Vice-President Ram Chandra Paudel told the Rastriya Samachar Samiti after the meeting that the Front leaders would be invited for talks at 9 am on Thursday.

Likewise, the meeting decided to find consensus among proposals registered at the House on the Constitution Amendment Bill.

If the consensus was elusive, the task force would be assigned to do homework for amendment, according to Paudel.

On Tuesday, the Front had dissolved its task force formed to hold talks, claiming the relevance of talks at the task force level ended and only the top leaders could resolve the differences.

NC President Sushil Koirala and Vice-President Paudel; UML Chairman and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and leader Agni Prasad Kharel; UCPN-M Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Vice-Chairman Narayan Kaji Shrestha; MJF-D Chairman and Deputy Prime Minister Bijay Kumar Gachhadar and RPP-N Chief Whip Dilnath Giri were present at the meeting.

(With inputs from  the Rastriya Samachar Samiti)