Five parties decide to continue talks with UDMF but hold elections on time

KATHMANDU: Five major parties, including those in the government and outside, on Wednesday decided to hold the local level elections on scheduled day but continue negotiating with the agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front till the last minute to bring its constituents in election process.

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal had called a meeting of top leaders of the ruling Nepali Congress, the opposition CPN-UML, his CPN Maoist Centre, ruling ally Rastriya Prajatantra Party and supporter Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Democratic to discuss issues related to the May 14 elections.

In the meeting, he had asked the other parties if the local level elections could be held in two phases in order to convince the Madhesi parties to take part in the polls.

Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba, DPM Bimalendra Nidhi and Prakash Mans Singh; CPN-UML Acting Chairman Bam Dev Gautam, former Prime Minister Madhav Nepal and former Speaker Subas Chandra Nembang; Maoist leaders Ram Bahadur Thapa, DPM Krishna Bahadur Mahara and Barsha Man Pun; and MJF-D Chairman Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar and Ram Janam Chaudhary were present in the meeting at the PM's residence in Baluwatar.

The meeting held discussion on other issues including the Constitution amendment and addressing the UDMF's demands, according to a statement issued by the PM's Secretariat.