Constitution amendment despite UML blockage: Nidhi

RAJBIRAJ: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Bimalendra Nidhi on Thursday said the Constitution amendment bill registered at the Parliament would be endorsed despite protests of the main opposition CPN-UML.

Addressing a mass meeting organised by his Nepali Congress party in Nargho of Saptari district today, Nidhi argued that the amendment was a must to address dissatisfactions of the Madhes region over the national charter.

"As the UML continues to shout," he said, "We will amend the Constitution."

"If the amendment is not endorsed, it is likely that autocracy will rise," a determined Nidhi said, "But, the UML is trying to stop us in this unfavourable situation. We will make it a failure."

He warned that the UML would be labelled an anti-Madhes party if it continued protesting the amendment.

"The UML accuses us of being anti-nationalistic while we are trying to meet demands of the Madhes," he questioned, "Then, how can we take it as a friend of Madhes?"

He also challenged the main opposition to prove how and why the amendment bill was against the national interests.

The second-in-command of the incumbent coalition Cabinet argued that the amendment was a must to correct some errors in the Constitution.