Kathmandu, January 17
The task force of agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front today put forth their suggestions on action plan and Terms of Reference of the proposed political mechanism during today’s meeting with the task force of the major parties.
A member of UDMF task force, Mangal Siddhi Manandhar, said the major parties, however, did not respond to their suggestions and told them that they needed to consult top leaders of their parties before reacting to UDMF suggestions.
He said today’s meeting also dwelt on the constitution amendment bill, as Nepali Congress lawmakers had registered its amendment to the bill.
Manandhar said UDMF was for endorsing the bill that addressed the UDMF concerns.
Asked about the two provinces in Tarai-Madhes, Manandhar said that was not a new demand, as both the thematic committee of the first Constituent Assembly and the State Restructuring Commission had proposed two provinces in Madhes.
Another member of UDMF task force, Ram Naresh Raya, said the major parties would react to their suggestions on demarcation of provinces, political mechanism and the constitution amendment bill in tomorrow’s meeting to find a solution in a package.
Following the meeting, Mahesh Acharya, a member of the task force of major parties, said the decision of the political mechanism could be incorporated in the new constitution.
He said the two task forces were trying to narrow down differences.
A version of this article appears in print on January 18, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.