Tension flares at Baluwatar over constitution amendment

Published On: August 30, 2016 02:28 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Aug 30: Tension ran high at a meeting called by Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal at Baluwatar to dwell on the demands raised by Madhesi Adivasi Janajatis and Tharus on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Dahal had called a three-party meeting to hold talks on the issues of Local Bodies Restructuring Commission (LBRC), constitution amendment and the election of local bodies on Tuesday morning.  The meeting, which was called to to forge a common understanding and consensus among the major three political parties on the set agendas, ended inconclusively.  

The leaders from the three parties involved in a heated verbal exchange, creating such a situation where the leaders appeared so furious as if they were likely to go at each other physically.

In the meeting CPN-UML Vice Chairman Bhim Rawal strongly objected to the press release issued by the Nepali Embassy in New Delhi during Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Bimalendra Nidhi’s official India visit.   

Rawal came down heavily on Nidhi for discussing the issues related to the constitution amendment with the Indian leaders during his visit, saying that it was a 'serious issue'.

In the meeting, the leaders reiterated their parties’ stance rather than forging common understating on the scheduled agendas.

According to Nepali Congress leader Purna Bahadur Khadka, NC, CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center) put forth their parties’ stance over the report of the LBRC in the meeting.

“The leaders of the three parties put forth their respective stance on the agendas of the meeting. The meeting did not yield any concrete decisions after the leaders did not budge from their respective stance,” Khadka told Republica Online.  

Dahal had floated a proposal to address the demands raised by the Madhesi parties in the meeting.

In response, the main opposition party CPN-UML asked the purpose of addressing the demand of the Madhesi parties.  

While the NC underlined the need to resolve the demands of the agitating parties in line with the constitution.





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