Constitution can't be implemented if no amendment, says Nidhi

JANAKPURDHAM: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Bimalendra Nidhi on Saturday said the Constitution could not be implemented unless it got amended.

The government, therefore, had expedited preparations for the amendment, Nidhi said while addressing a function organised by his Nepali Congress party in the hometown today.

He was confident that the next amendment to the charter would address demands of agitating Madhesi parties.

Though the government had prepared to register the amendment proposal before Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal's visit to India, it could not be done owing to various issues, he added.

Informing that the government was in communication with the Madhes-centric parties to prepare the Constitution amendment bill, the Nepali Congress leader expressed his hope that the main opposition CPN-UML would also cooperate with the government for the task as it was a national agenda.

He said the incumbent government would hold local polls by mid-April next year.