Increasing number of local bodies in Province 2 to take few more days

KATHMANDU: Ruling parties have decided to extend the term of the task force formed to suggest revisions on the report of the Local Bodies Restructuring Commission after analysing complaints on it.

The government had formed the task force under the convenorship of Minister for Federal Affairs and Local Development, Hitraj Pandey.

A meeting held between Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal and other ruling parties including the disgruntled Tarai-centric parties' leaders at the former's official residence today agreed to extend the taskforce's term aimed at increasing the numbers of local body units.

Following the meeting, Nepali Congress senior leader Ram Chandra Paudel said that they suggested settling issues other than the LBRC report as there was no chance the Constitution amendment bill would be passed by the Parliament.

He added that they would reach a conclusion regarding the amendment bill and local polls after discussing with other parties.

Present in the meeting were PM Dahal, NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba, leader Paudel, United Democratic Madhesi Front leader Mahantha Thakur and others.

Following the meeting, CPN Maoist Centre spokesperson Pampha Bhusal shared that they were planning to extend the term of the task force to increase the number of local bodies based on population as per the demand of Tarai centric parties.

She added that the Cabinet meeting likely to be held today would extend the term of the task force.

The Cabinet meeting held last week had assigned the task force to come up with suggestions about the number of local bodies in Province 2 within seven days.