Nepal opposition forms taskforce to protest over Constitution

The opposition alliance led by the UCPN (Maoist) on Sunday formed an 11-member taskforce to announce protest programmes after their talks with the Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML ended inconclusively, reports said.

The meeting of the alliance held at the Parliamentary Party Office of the UCPN (Maoist) formed the taskforce comprising Krishna Bahadur Mahara, Hridayesh Tripathi, Laxman Lal Karna and Jitendra Narayan Dev, among others. The opposition parties had formed the alliance — comprising Maoist, Madhes-based, Janajati and other small parties — to forge a united stance on the contents of the new Constitution.

The taskforce has been asked to work on the protest programmes on Monday and it would be unveiled soon after a meeting of the alliance leaders on Monday afternoon, said Chairman of Samajwadi Janata Party Prem Bahadur Singh. The opposition alliance meeting also decided to hold parleys with the ruling parties and protest simultaneously.

The three major political parties as well as the Madhes-based ones have been holding a series of bilateral and all-party meetings on the disputed issues in the Constitution as well as the power-sharing roadmap but have not been able to reach any agreement. The deadline on promulgating the Constitution is January 22 next year.

A meeting at Prime Minister Sushil Koirala’s official residence at Baluwatar on Saturday ended with the UCPN (Maoist) and the CPN-UML leaders trading charges against each other. Leaders of the UCPN (Maoist) walked out of the meeting.

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