UDMF can allow passage if language of document is changed, says Dahal

Kathmandu, December 24

Unified CPN-Maoist Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal today said that if the language of the Constitution Amendment Bill is changed to the satisfaction of United Democratic Madhesi Front, it could allow passage of the bill.

Receiving a memorandum from Reporters Club Chair Rishi Dhamala here today, Dahal said UDMF might not sign any deal until there is an agreement on provincial boundaries, but if the language of the bill is changed to the satisfaction of the agitating UDMF, it could allow passage of the bill as it did with the Reconstruction Authority Bill.

Dahal said he would intensify efforts to change the language of the Bill to resolve the current standoff through dialogue.

He said he would hold dialogue with top UDMF leaders tomorrow. “Things are positive. I am hopeful of a resolution,” he added. Dahal said he was trying his best to resolve the issue of provincial boundaries through a political mechanism within three months. “It is very difficult to resolve the boundary issue now.

Therefore, the front leaders should also be ready to give three months’ time,” he argued.

India, he said, welcomed the Government of Nepal’s roadmap and since then things are moving positively, but Madhes should not be figure in the relationship between the two countries.