Kathmandu, Madhesi forces, who want the prime minister to table the constitution amendment bill in the Parliament as soon as possible, are glad that he cancelled his New York trip to focus on constitutional issues.
They, however, say that PM’s decision will become meaningful only if he is able to table the bill soon. It should try to forge consensus with the signatories of the three-point deal and it should table the bill accordingly,” he argued. Co-Chair of Sadbhawana Party Laxman Lal Karna said, “We are not satisfied with the government’s efforts to amend the constitution or else we would not have marked black day today.”
Tarai Madhes Democratic Party leader Sarvendranath Shukla, however, said the government needed to move the bill soon but it should also be mindful that such efforts should not lead to the failure of the bill.
“I have time and again warned the ruling parties’ leaders that if the constitution cannot be amended and elections cannot be held, everybody will be a loser,” he added. He added that once the government tabled the bill, all forces, including the agitating forces, would make efforts to persuade the UML to support the bill. “The government’s focus is not at the right place. The agitating forces want the constitution to be amended to address issues of citizenship, proportional representation, representation in the Parliament and revision of the provincial boundaries. CPN-UML and Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal on board. “The UML may not agree on the constitutional amendment issues given UML Chair KP Sharma Oli’s continued opposition to the idea, but the prime minister should still consult other top UML leaders. When asked what the PM would do if the CPN-UML continued to oppose the ruling parties’ argument in favour of amending the constitution, Khanal said, “At this stage I can only tell you that the PM wants to hold sincere dialogue with all the forces, including the principal opposition.