Kathmandu, April 24: The Nepal cabinet has approved constitution amendment and local polls agreement with Sanghiya Gathbandhan, an alliance of Madeshi and Janjati parties. In a meeting under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal the cabinet also decided to hold local elections in two phases. The first phase elections will be held on 14th May and the second phase will be held on 14th June.
the Cabinet endorsed Saturday’s agreements, the Sanghiya Gathabandhan, which includes the Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha, on Sunday decided to roll back all the scheduled protests. Protesting against the constitution amendment proposal that the government registered on April 16, the Gathabandhan had announced a month-long agitation including an indefinite strike aimed to foil the local level polls.
However, the unification on Thursday of six Madhes-based parties to form the Rastriya Janata Party changed their political course, ultimately leading to an agreement with the governing parties.
SSFN coordinator Upendra Yadav and RJP Chairman Mahantha Thakur, however, were absent from the meeting. RJP leader Keshav Jha said the decision was taken in consultation with the top leaders. Thakur and Yadav would arrive in Kathmandu from the Tarai on Monday.
The government would now begin works to implement Saturday’s agreements while the parties under the Gathabandhan would start their preparations for the elections.
Members of the RJP governing body Sharat Singh Bhandari and Mahendra Raya Yadav attended the meeting along with Laxman Lal Karna, Brikhesh Chandra Lal and senior SSFN leader Ashok Rai and Co-chair Shrestha.