Kathmandu, Sept 9: The big three political parties- Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and the UCPN (Maoist) have jointly made a fresh call for talks with the agitating parties and groups, saying it was quite worrying that the political parties and the Constituent Assembly members quit the CA process at a time when the constitution writing by the people’s representatives had reached the final stage.
Making a joint appeal Wednesday evening, Nepali Congress President and Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, Chairman of CPN-UML KP Oli and Chairman of the UCPN (Maoist) Pushpa Kamal Dahal said it is the responsibility of all to promulgate the new constitution soon from the CA.
“The discontent on the contents of the constitution are normal but we can stand together to empower people with democratic rights and bring socioeconomic development in the country through the constitution,” they said, adding that at this decisive moment, not division but unity was essential to bring a democratic constitution.
The big three further said they could stand together to put the federalism in practice, institutionalize republic, ensure social justice and economic development and protect inclusion.
Moreover, they said they had repeatedly called for talks to address the grievances from the Constituent Assembly. The Prime Minister has time and again made the appeal to the agitating parties and leaderships to this regard, whetting discussion time to time.
“Yet again, we call on all agitating ones to return to the dialogue table, ” the joint statement read.
In this hour of the final phase of the deliberations on the new constitution at the Constituent Assembly, we reiterate our call to all the agitating political parties and leadership to utilize the opportunity of bringing additional amendments to the proposed constitution through peaceful dialogue. “The door to talks and discussion will not close and should not close even when differences and conflict have reached the extreme”, the leaders have said in the joint appeal.
“The agenda of the rights and prosperity of the people in Himal-Pahad-Tarai and in the Madhesh is our common agenda as we have all fought together for the rights of the Nepali people”, the leaders’ trio have said while appealing to all to play a positive role for dialogue and talks in the interest of democracy and the nation.
They have also appealed to all the political parties concerned to come to the dialogue table soon to seek a peaceful and democratic solution of all the problems, by withdrawing the programmes of banda and general strike which has caused a serious impact on the weak economy of the country and inflicted great sufferings on the ordinary people.
Emerging out from the big leaders’ meeting, Nepali Congress Vice-President Ram Chandra Poudel said it was not time to make agitation violent but seek solution of the problems through democratic process.
Similarly, senior leader of the CPN-UML Jhalanath Khanal expressed hope that media would investigate into the violent incidents emerged during the agitation in Tarai/Madhes.
Another senior leader of the UML Madhav Kumar Nepal urged the agitating parties not to involve in violent activities as attack on police post and show up with weapons.