Hours after turning down the governing parties’ call to participate in local level elections set for May 14, the Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha (SLMM), an alliance of seven Madhes-based parties, said on Tuesday that its stance remains the same: constitution amendment before polls.
The Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha (SLMM) on Tuesday boycotted an all-party meeting called by Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, expressing their dissent to government decision to hold local level elections on May 14.
The Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha, an alliance of seven Madhes-based parties, unveiled a month-long protest programme including Tarai banda, denouncing the government’s announcement of local level election date.
A day after the Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha warned of severing ties with the ruling coalition, the CPN (Maoist Centre) and the Nepali Congress on Sunday evening held talks with Madhesi leaders, once again, only to hear a new proposal from the Madhes-based parties.
Alarmed by what it describes as the CPN (Maoist Center)-led governing coalition’s sudden “U-turn” on its commitment to amend the constitution, the Samyukta Loktantrik Madhes Morcha (SLMM) have decided to do “whatever it takes” to ensure the constitution amendment before the planned local elections.