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Nepalese parties agree to table Constitution Amendment bill to include Madhesis demands
Nepal's major political parties on November 2015 agreed to table a Constitution amendment bill to accommodate the demands of Madhesis people over the division of their homeland and better representation. This move is likely to ease the political logjam and spiraling violence. After 4 protesters were killed in police firing during a blockade in the volatile Terai region along the Indian border, Prime Minister KP Oli called a meeting of all major political parties at his residence this morning to find a way out of the ongoing political crisis in the nation.
During the meeting, Nepali Congress, CPN-UML, UCPN- Maoist, Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal, Rastriya Prajatantra Party and Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Democratic agreed to proceed with the Bill, currently pending. Nepali Congress acting President Ram Chandra Poudel said the meet decided to seek agreement with Madhes-based parties before making changes in the constitution. The bill seeks to include a provision for proportionate and inclusive representation in the Parliament and allocation of seats on the basis of population, which are among the major demands of the agitating Madhesi parties.