Tripartite talks postponed, next date yet to be fixed

KATHMANDU: Talks among the ruling parties, the main opposition Nepali Congress and the United Democratic Madhesi Front scheduled for today were postponed.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli tweeted this afternoon saying that a meeting of major three parties -- Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and UCPN-Maoist -- would fix another date for the meeting tomorrow morning.

Though Oli did not explain the reasons behind the postponement, it has been learned that the major parties wanted to do more homework on the issues of provincial boundaries as per the demands of the agitating Madhesi parties.

आज निर्धारित प्रमुख प्रतिपक्ष, मधेसी मोर्चा र सत्तापक्षको वार्ता स्थगित भएको छ । भोलि विहान प्रमुख तीन दलको बैठकपछि अर्को मिति तय हुनेछ ।

— PM K.P. Sharma Oli (@PM_Nepal) December 2, 2015

Earlier yesterday, the coordinator of United Democratic Madhesi Front and chairman of Federal Socialist Party Forum, Upendra Yadav, had warned of calling it to the quits talks if the government failed to come up with a clear stance of the provincial boundaries.

The Madhesi parties resorted to an intensified agitation, including the obstruction of supplies from India to Nepal, after the promulgation of new Constitution on September 20.