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Govt formally invites UDMF for talks

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KATHMANDU —The government on Sunday made a new call to the unsettling United Democratic Madhesi Morcha (UDMF) to come back to the dialogue table, after almost a break in about three months.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kamal Thapa, who heads the government talks team, wrote a formal letter to the UDMF, inviting its constituents for talks.

The date for a meeting, however, would be decided in consultation with the interlocutors of the participating parties.

Thapa also wrote in the letter that the government had already formed a political mechanism to address the question of provincial boundaries.

Stating that the government was committed to addressing the Madhes demands on the basis of dialogue and consensus, he said the first two amendments to the constitution were also made as per the understanding reached during the talks.

The government and the Madhes-based parties have not held talks since February 18, the day the Thapa-led political mechanism was formed. The committee is yet to take shape after the Madhesi parties and the Nepali Congress, the largest party in Parliament, refused to send their representatives to it.

Thapa additionally urged the Madhesi parties to send their representatives to the panel tasked with working out the details for redrawing the boundaries of the provinces.

The Madhes based parties, however, are in no mood to readily accept the call for dialogue. They charge that the government is not serious about resolving the crisis.

Madhesi leaders said that they were not hopeful about a positive outcome of the talks due to the ‘rigid’ stance taken by the government on crucial issues including the revision to federal boundaries, their main demand.

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NC consults experts on govt’s policies and programs

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KATHMANDU — The main opposition party, Nepali Congress, has taken suggestions from experts regarding the government’s policies and programs.

A meeting of the Nepali Congress parliamentary party convened at the parliamentary party’s office in Singha Durbar today consulted with the economists and former bureaucrats on the policies and programs of the government.

The government presented its policies and programs for the fiscal year 2018/19 in the Federal Parliament on Monday.

Deliberations will be held on the policies and programs in the House of Representatives and the National Assembly from Wednesday.

NC leader Dilendra Prasad Badoo, talking to the National News Agency, RSS, said that the meeting reviewed the government’s policies and programs and also discussed on issues the party would speak on in parliament.

Before this, the Nepali Congress had decided to put its views in parliament by forming thematic committees.

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