United Democratic Madhesi Front, UDMF

FILE: United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) holds meeting at Babarmahal in Kathmandu, on Saturday, December 10, 2016. Photo: RSS
KATHMANDU: The United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) has hinted that it would announce fresh protest programmes once the government fixed dates for local level polls. As the Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal had been repeatedly asserting that the government would announce the poll dates within few days, the alliance of Madhes-centric parties offered unwelcoming gestures today, hinting it could not accept the elections without amending the Constitution. The parties held an informal meeting at the Tarai Madhesi Democratic Party central office in Bijulibazaar of the Capital today and began discussions on announcing fresh protests, the National Madhes Socialist Party General Secretary Keshav Jha informed THT Online. He, however, said the meeting did not make any concrete decision. The meeting was attended by top leaders of the constituent parties. It is likely that the UDMF would hold a formal meeting on Saturday and announce some protest programmes. Prime Minister Dahal is also meeting the UDMF leaders by Saturday. Mahato meets PM Meanwhile, Sadbhawana Party Chairperson Rajendra Mahato called on PM Dahal today. During the meeting, Mahato had told the PM that the Madhesi parties would not accept the poll dates announcement before the Constitution amendment, according to the sources.