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Can government amend constitution when UML is opposing it?

By Our Reporter
7553_nepalThe government is preparing to table a bill in the parliament to amend the constitution in order to meet the demand of the Madhes-based parties.
However, it looks unlikely that the government can amend the constitution as the CPN-UML, the main opposition party in the parliament, is strongly opposing the idea of amendment stating that the government was going to amend the statute at the advice of India.
CPN-UML chair and former Prime Minister K P Oli had said that his party would oppose the amendment bill stating that the move to amend the statute was taken under Indian design.
Likewise, RPP-N is also against the idea of constitution amendment.
A two-thirds majority is required to amend the constitution and the ruling parties will not be able to have a two-thirds majority to pass the bill unless UML or  RPP-N stands in fvaour of amendment.
Moreover, Poudel faction of the ruling Nepali Congress has also opposed the decision taken by party president Sher Bahadur Deuba to amend the constitution. Ram Chandra  Poudel sought clarifications from Deuba on the issue. He even demanded that the party should not take any decision by bypassing the central committee meeting. Poudel threatened to oppose any decision taken outside the CWC meeting.
As such, the government bill to amend the constitution is sure to fail and the relevance of the NC-MC alliance will also end.
Meanwhile, the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) has expressed concern over the government’s way of acting. “Government is acting unilaterally in the name of constitution amendment,” concluded the UDMF meeting on Monday.
The meeting held at Bijulibazar expressed concern why the government was not consulting UDMF on constitution amendment and slowing the process to withdraw the cases filed against their cadres.

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