Nepal: CPN-UML may be backed by Madhesi front

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Madhav Kumar Nepal, CPN-UML
Kathmandu, May 13: Nepali Congress and Communist Party of Nepal-United Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) alliance are reportedly ready to seal a deal with the Terai-based Madhesi parties.

A news report revealed on Wednesday, May 13 that the Congress and CPN-UML alliance in a significant move has shown interest in striking a deal with Madhesi parties. This development will further strengthen the chances of Veteran communist leader Madhav Kumar Nepal in becoming the next Prime Minister.

Joint Madhesi Democratic Front comprises of three ethnic Indian Madhesi parties with a strength of 83 seats has agreed 'in principle' to support a coalition led by the 54-year-old communist leader Nepal.

A meeting was held at Singha Durbar on Tuesday, May 12 wherein 18 parties met. The Madhesi front comprising of Madhesi Peoples Rights Forum (MPRF), Terai Madhes Democratic Party (TMDP) and Sadbhawana Party (SP) have extended support to a CPN-UML-led coalition but said they would finalise on Wednesday, May 13 whether to join the government.

The Madhesi parties decided to support the CPN-UML lead coalition after they gave a written commitment to address the demands of the Madhesi parties for more economic and political powers, including greater federal autonomy for the Terai plains bordering India.

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