Kathmandu, January 12
A meeting of two task forces of major parties and the agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front held today ended with the major parties’ representatives telling the UDMF that they would consult their top leadership regarding the validity of the political mechanism to be formed to effect changes in existing federal structure.
Following the meeting held at Singha Durbar, UCPN-M leader and Home Minister Shakti Basnet said today’s meeting dwelt on working procedure and constitutional validity of a political mechanism that will revise existing federal structure.
Minister Basnet said top leaders would do necessary homework on the issue on Wednesday and a decisive meeting would be held on Thursday.
According to Vice-chairperson of Tarai Madhes Democratic Party Hridayesh Tripathi, the task force of major parties would consult their respective party headquarters before sitting for talks on Thursday afternoon.
UDMF task force was expecting written commitment from the major parties during today’s meeting but Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Bhim Rawal, who is also the member of the task force of the major parties, told United Democratic Madhesi Front leaders that he could not meet CPN-UML Chairman and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli.
A version of this article appears in print on January 13, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.