| May 19, 2019

Big 3, UDMF meet ends inconclusively

KATHMANDU, Feb 18: The three major political parties efforts to convince the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) to join the much-hyped high level political mechanism failed.

A meeting between the three major parties and the UDMF at Singhadurbar on Thursday ended up inconclusively after the both parties stick to their demands.
The three major parties proposed to address the UDMF demand on demarcation through the political mechanism. Meanwhile, the UDMF demanded that the issue should be addressed based on the report submitted by State Restructuring Commission earlier, UDMF taskforce member Ram Naresh Rae said.

"We have agreed on formation of political mechanism," he added, "But government is staging drama in the name of formation of mechanism."

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has been reiterating for the formation of the much-talked political mechanism before his India visit starting Friday.

The meeting of the taskforce on Wednesday ended inconclusively after the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) demanded that the ToR should specifically mention that the provincial delineations should be changed with two provinces in Tarai-Madhes, on the basis of the reports of the State Restructuring Commission and the Constituent Assembly Committee on State Restructuring.

However, the major three parties remained in favor of finalizing the ToR, mentioning only that provincial delineations would be changed to address disputes in the mountains hill and Madhes regions, taking the commission's report as a reference.