Madhesh based parties have declined CPN (UML) Chairman KP Sharma Oli's request to join the government.
Oli, along with UML's senior leaders, had made such proposal at a meeting with six Madheshi party-leaders on Monday, December 1, 2014, at the party's Parliamentary Party Office in Singha Durbar.
Sadbhawana Party President Rajendra Mahato, who was present in the meeting, says, "UML Chair Oli made an official proposal that we join the government. However, we made it clear that the parties cannot be part of the government right now."
According to Mahato, the Madheshi-Front leaders said that they will talk of the government only after the disputed contents of the constitution are resolved.
"There are four major disputed issues related to the new constitution, we have demanded that those issues be resolved first," says Mahato.
Madheshi parties are against the seven-province federal model, jointly proposed by Nepali Congress and CPN (UML), from the very beginning.
The front leaders will sit down for discussion with UML leadership on December 5, on issues pertaining to federalism and other disputed contents of the constitution, says Mahato.
A meeting of the Madheshi-Front affiliated parties, held a few days ago, had decided that the parties will not join the government till the time the new constitution is issued.