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Opposition forms team 'to deal with NC, CPN-UML': In an indication of mending rift in the alliance, leaders of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M)-led 30-party opposition bloc have reached an understanding to form a task force to deal with the ruling parties on constitution-writing. The team under Maoist leader Krishna Bahadur Mahara will take its shape when the meeting of the alliance scheduled for Tuesday (April 28) inducts members from the Madhesi and Janajati parties. Friday's (April 24) was the first meeting of the parties after they withdrew their street protests two weeks ago. Kantipur Online, April 25, 2015.

Madhesi and Janajati parties to form separate alliance, says Sadbhavana Party Chairman Rajendra Mahato: On April 16, Sadbhavana Party (SP) Chairman Rajendra Mahato accused Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) Chairman Pushpa Kamal aka Prachanda of betrayal and said the Madhesi and the Janajati parties are forming a separate alliance. Mahato said there is a need of separate alliance as Dahal had failed to lead the protests to establish their demands effectively. Further, he said that the new alliance consists of Terai Madhesh Democratic Party (TMDP), Madheshi Janadhikar Forum Nepal (MJFN) and SP. My Republica, April 17, 2015.

Differences among parties narrowing, claims Prime Minister Sushil Koirala: Prime Minister (PM) Sushil Koirala claimed that the differences between political parties are narrowing down and the constitution drafting process is heading toward consensus. Koirala claimed that the political parties within the Constituent Assembly (CA) have already agreed to issue new constitution through consensus and the country would get a new constitution within the year, 2015. My Republica, April 15, 2015.

'Constitution through process if no consensus by April 13,' says CA Chairman Subas Chandra Nembang: On April 10, Chairman of the Constituent Assembly (CA) Subas Chandra Nembang said the process for the promulgation of the new constitution would be forwarded if political parties failed to forge consensus within April 13. Chairman Nembang said that there was no alternative to forward the process as per the rule of the CA if political parties failed to forge consensus on the disputed issues of the constitution or the due process within the next three days. Kantipur Online, April 11, 2015.

Rectify nine-point joint proposal, says UCPN-M to ruling parties: Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) on April 2, sought revision of the nine-point joint proposal forwarded by Nepali Congress (NC) and Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) in line with the January19 understanding between parties as a way out of the current political stalemate. Talking to journalists at the parliamentary party office in Singha Durbar, Kathmandu, and UCPN-M Chief Whip Giri Raj Mani Pokhrel said consensus has become illusive as ruling parties continue to stick to their nine-point proposal. Republica, April 3, 2015.

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