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Elusive deal

Monday, January 18th, 2016
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The Big Three political parties failed to strike a deal with the Madhesi Front on Monday – a deadline they set for themselves last week.

The ruling UML-UCPN (M) coalition and the main opposition NC had last week resolved to ink a deal with the Madhesi parties by Monday this week. They were under pressure to reach a deal by this deadline because a Parliament meeting is expected to pass the first constitution amendment bill on Tuesday.

But even Monday’s ‘decisive’ meeting failed to reach a breakthrough. Instead, the Front leaders warned of boycotting further talks accusing the Big Three parties of not showing necessary flexibility.

Although two sides have agreed to form an all-party mechanism to redraw federal boundaries, the Madhesi parties are seeking a written commitment from the Big Three parties that two provinces will be created in Nepal’s southern plains.

On Sunday, Madhesi negotiators had floated a new six-point proposal to end the deadlock. In the second point of the proposal, they have sought a resolution that two provinces will be created in the Tarai based on recommendations made by state restructuring commissions of the first Constituent Assembly. But the Big Three parties do not want to categorically state the number of plains provinces.

 

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One Response to “Elusive deal”

  1. Ravi Raj Kaur on Says:

    outrageous

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