Shelve Charter amendment, win UDMF trust: RPP to govt

Kathmandu, March 2

Rastriya Prajatantra Party Chair Kamal Thapa has advised the government not to go for elections without taking United Democratic Madheshi Front along.

Thapa feels that conducting elections without bringing the UDMF on board is technically possible, but this will create complexities while implementing the Constitution.

Talking to journalists after Thursday’s meeting of the RPP central working committee, Thapa said: We should not go for elections without addressing demands of Madhesh-centric parties. It will be appropriate to conduct polls by taking all sides into confidence.

Thapa said:  Technically, it may be possible to conduct elections without taking Madhesh-centric parties into confidence, but this may create complexities while implementing the Constitution.

He asked both the ruling coalition and opposition parties to show flexibility for an understanding. Thapa asked UDMF, too, to come to an understanding by softening its stance.

Thapa, presenting his solution to the crisis, said it would be appropriate to move ahead by putting the Constitution Amendment Bill on hold instead of putting it to vote in the Parliament. He pointed that some issues in the amendment proposal are against national interest. For now, it would be appropriate to move ahead by putting the proposal on hold, he said.

Some issues mentioned in the proposal, including delineation of provincial boundaries, require political understanding and commitment, he said, stressing the need to change provisions on language, citizenship and the Upper House.


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