‘UML would have accepted amendment if it wanted polls’

Rajbiraj, April 11

National Madhes Socialist Party Chairperson Sarat Singh Bhandari today said that the main opposition CPN-UML would give the nod to amendment of the new statute if it was in favour of holding local level elections as per the schedule.

Speaking at a press meet held in Rajbiraj, Saptari, today, Bhandari argued that the country was witnessing contrary politics.

“The CPN-UML vehemently opposes statute amendment but demands local polls. Hence, UML’s stance seems contrary. More than 70 per cent lawmakers across the country are for amending the statute,” he claimed.

Bhandari was of the opinion that the government had to take all the forces into confidence so that all of them would contest the polls.

“We are not against polls and we are ready to be highly flexible to relieve the country from the prolonged political stalemate. However, the forces opposing our concerns must be responsible for any misfortune that may befall the country due to the lack of statute amendment,” argued Bhandari.

He also said Madhes-centric forces would take part in the polls if only the government guaranteed that it would fix provincial boundaries after provincial and parliamentary elections.

He saidif the polls were held in two phases as rumoured, it would fragment the country.

Meanwhile, he highlighted the importance of unity among Madhes-centric forces and said the unification process involving TaraiMadhesSadbhawana Party, Forum Ganatantrik and his National Madhes Socialist Party was going ahead positively.