UML says constitution amendment after consulting parties, forms PP statute revision panel

KATHMANDU: The ruling CPN-UML on Monday decided that the Constitution Amendment Bill should be endorsed after consulting all parties in the Legislature-Parliament.

The second largest party's parliamentary party held a meeting at the Prime Minister's official residence in Baluwatar today to discuss the contemporary political issues including the resolution of the Madhes agitation through amendment of new constitution.

Party Chairman and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, senior leaders Jhala Nath Khanal and Madhav Kumar Nepal, and Deputy Prime Minister Bhim Rawal, who is the party's representative in the task force of major parties formed to talks with the agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front, briefed the meeting about the ongoing negotiations.

Nepal said after the meeting that the leaders stressed on need to seek solutions to the current unrest through talks by giving an end to the ongoing agitation in the Tarai region.

Meanwhile, the meeting formed a five-member committee to amend the party's PP statute.

According to UML lawmaker Rajan Bhattarai, party's Chief Whip Bhanubhakta Dhakal heads the committee.

The committee comprises leaders Gokul Gharti, Banshidhar Mishra, Shiv Kumari Gotame and Anarkali Minya as members.

The task force is assigned to submit its report by January 24.

Dhakal said the statute needed an amendment as the then Constituent Assembly has changed into the Parliament now.