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Blast outside parliament as PM Nepal meets president

world Updated: May 28, 2010 22:02 IST

A low-intensity blast occurred outside Nepal's parliament, hours ahead of the expiry of the term of the House on Friday as political parties intensified consultations to prevent a constitutional crisis following the failure to draft a new constitution.

Security has been beefed up around Constituent Assembly, which functions as the country's parliament, after the minor explosion outside one of the gates of the House, whose term is set to expire by mid-night.

However, no damage was caused by the explosion, according to the police. The police began a probe into the incident.

Amid the hectic parleys by the 22-party ruling alliance and the main Opposition CPN-Maoist to end the deadlock, Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal called on president Ram Baran Yadav at Rashtrapati Bhawan for consultation. It has triggered speculation about possible president's rule from midnight.