Madhesi parties likely to take part in PM voting

KATHMANDU: The Madhes-based parties that walked out of the Constituent Assembly before the promulgation of new Constitution and have been launching an agitation are likely to attend the Legislature-Parliament meeting on Sunday and take part in the voting for the prime ministerial election.

The top leaders of the parties affiliated with the United Democratic Madhesi Front have come back to the Capital apparently to take part in the election.

The UDMF parties, which boast 36 lawmakers in the Parliament, are holding a meeting at the Tarai Madhesh Democratic Party's office this evening to discuss whether to go to the House and take part in the prime ministerial election.

It is believed that UDMF lawmakers would lend their support to Nepali Congress candidate Sushil Koirala if the parties decided to attend the House meeting tomorrow.

On the other side, lawmakers of three other parties Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Democratic, Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Republican and National Madhes Socialist Party, which form Federal Democratic Alliance, are certain to take part in the voting.

"We will formally decide who to support tomorrow morning only," MJF-Republican Chairman Raj Kishore Yadav said.

The FDA, which has 18 lawmakers from the three parties, has called the meeting to discuss the matter tomorrow.

The House is scheduled to hold election between CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli and Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala for the post Prime Minister.

The candidate who garners support from 299 lawmakers out of 598 will be elected as the country's new executive head per the existing rules.