NC’s Madhesi MPs for statute amendment prior to local polls

Kathmandu, March 14

Madhes-based lawmakers of the Nepali Congress today suggested that the party leadership opt for passage of the statute amendment bill prior to the local polls scheduled for May 14.

NC lawmakers who were elected from Madhes constituencies advised so during a meeting with the party’s office bearers’ held at the party’s Parliamentary Office in Singha Durbar this afternoon.

Explaining the compulsion of having Madhesi parties participate in the upcoming local polls, the lawmakers further urged the party leadership to take initiative towards forging consensus among all political forces, including the agitating Madhesi parties.

They even asked the NC leadership to hold serious talks with the main opposition CPN-UML, which is now waging a nationwide campaign against the proposed statute amendment bill.

NC senior leader Ramchandra Paudel told mediapersons that Madhes-based lawmakers of the party also advised the leadership to take a stand on holding local polls on the stipulated date along with the stand on passing the statute amendment bill simultaneously.

“We discussed the party’s role regarding the Madhes issue,” Paudel said. “Now, the party’s Central Working Committee will discuss this matter as well as other pressing political issues on March 23.”

NC Treasurer and Minister for Peace and Reconstruction Sita Devi Yadav said Madhes-based lawmakers of the party urged the leadership to consider the Madhes issue.