The main opposition party, the CPN-UML, held a meeting on 27 November in which the issue of amending the constitution was given priority in the discussions. It was decided that the UML would first have discussions with other political parties on major issues and only then would it move towards the people and hold a country-wide discussion with them. The problems faced by farmers was also discussed in the meeting. Apart from Bharat Mohan Adhikari and Mukunda Neupane, who were not in the capital, all central committee members attended the meeting.
The question of bringing changes in the constitution is being taken very seriously by the UML. The party has asked everyone to come forward and hold free and frank discussions on the matter. The UML is ready to hold discussions on any of the issues and questions arising in this context.
The UML is very keen on getting the people's opinion on this as well. It is conducting interaction programmes on a massive scale throughout the country. Besides the political parties, it wants to get the opinion of intellectuals and the educated masses about its proposals. According to sources in the party, the UML is forming a committee under the leadership of a party heavyweight which will be in touch and carry out discussions with all major political parties.
Since last week, the UML has already begun holding meetings and discussions with other political parties. It has also explained in detail its plans to its own followers and activists and wants the proposals to be understood properly and be supported by all the people of this country. The party has started a nation-wide campaign to explain to people why changes are required in the constitution. The party is preparing a list that will explain clearly what changes are required and in which particular areas.