Sitaula, Prachanda dwell on Madhesis’ demands

Kathmandu, July 1:

Home Minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula today met CPN-Maoist chairman Prachanda at his Nayabazar residence and discussed the current political issues, including the demands of Madhes-based parties.

Both the leaders expressed concern that the political uncertainly should not prolong in the backdrop that the Prime Minister has announced his resignation and called for formation of a new government.

“I urged Prachanda to find an amicable way out of the current deadlock and table a supplementary bill to amend the Interim Constitution in the parliament on the basis of consensus,” Sitaula said, adding that Maoist chairman was keen on ending the deadlock as soon as possible.

He said the PM was ready to convene a meeting of the council of ministers to endorse the supplementary bill but could not do so, as the three-party taskforce failed to reach a common understanding today.

He said the media wrongly informed that the cabinet had decided to extend the tenure of UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) by six months.

“There was no cabinet meeting today, how can such a decision be made without the approval of cabinet,” Sitaula said. “I did not discuss any power-sharing arrangement in the new government.”

“That issue is expected to come up for discussion after the CA amends the constitution,” Sitaula said.