Kathmandu May 22: Following an agreement among the big four parties—UCPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress, CPN UML and United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF), government on Tuesday formally registered a bill seeking amendment of the interim constitution for the 13th consecutive time.
The four major political forces UCPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress, CPN-UML—and Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha on Tuesday agreed upon extending the term of Constituent Assembly, which was expiring on May 27, by three more months.
The top held a meeting at Singha Durbar this evening to discuss how to promulgate the new constitution amid existing differences among the parties over crucial issues including federalismIn a meeting held at the prime minister's residence in Baluwatar, Kathmandu, the NC and UML accepted the proposal put forth by Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai with reservations. Following the understanding, the Cabinet decided to bring in the 13th Constitution Amendment Bill. Deputy Prime Minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula registered the Bill at the House on behalf of the government.
Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai had proposed to extend the CA term by three months in the four-side meeting.
Nepali Congress and CPN-UML expressed their reservation over the three-month extension proposal, suggesting that the extension should be done for a month only, Nepali Congress leader Bimalendra Nidhi told the media after the meeting.