Kathmandu,4 Feb 2015: The political leaders said on Wednesday that it was wrong on part of the major political forces to keep the country in a state of chaos and status qua.
Speakers at an interaction that took place at Reporters’ Club here stressed that it was time to embrace the Constituent Assembly Rules in the backdrop of the failure of the parties to reach consensus.
Rastriya Prajatantra Party Chairman Pashupati Shumsher Rana said there was no alternative to the ongoing voting process because the parties failed to hold decisive dialogue on the contentious issues of federalism despite wasting much time for consensus. He said the ruling parties would not budge from their commitment to delivering a new constitution even if UCPN (Maoist) and the Madhes-centric parties remained aloof from the constitution writing process.
Rana further said that RPP would table a motion against at the CA if a decision was taken to adopt a secular state in the new constitution.
Nepali Congress leader Ramesh Lekhak reiterated the stance taken by the ruling parties to draft a new constitution through the voting process, saying the ruling parties had exercised utmost flexibility while holding negotiations with UCPN (Maoist) and the Madhes-based parties.
Likewise, CPN (ML) General Secretary CP Mainali said the country was deprived of a timely constitution because UCPN (Maoist) remained unwavering in its stance for ethnicity-based federal system.
However, UCPN (Maoist) leader Devendra Poudel said the agitation of the opposition was directed towards promulgating the new constitution from the CA. He said his party would not abandon the CA but remain out of dialogue until February 28.