Kathmandu, Sept 14: Lawmakers have reiterated their call for drafting the new constitution on time at a meeting of the Constituent Assembly (CA) being held today.
Currently, the CA members are holding discussions on the report of Constitutional Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee (CPDCC).
Taking part in the discussions, lawmakers pointed out the need of drafting the constitution after forging a consensus among all political parties.
They also said that the disputed issues should be put on vote if they were not settled based on consensus among the parties.
Similarly, lawmakers urged the Committee Chairman Dr Baburam Bhattarai to unveil the reality regarding the pressure piled against him not to promulgate the constitution. Some days ago, Dr Bhattarai said that he was given pressure not to expedite the tasks for constitution writing.
They further said the constitution should be promulgated through the CA, not taking the issue beyond.
During the meeting, lawmakers took exception to the activities carried out to bypass the CA and suggested the committee to seriously hold discussions on contentious issues to forge the consensus among the political parties.
They further suggested that ‘give and take’ can be a method to resolve the disputed issues including the state restructuring, form of governance, judiciary and electoral system.
Senior leaders of the major political parties should be further serious not to change CA calendar, the lawmakers said.
Some lawmakers were of the opinion that there was no meaning of new constitution without federalism and the new constitution should be declared on January 22, 2015 as per the CA calendar.
They also expressed the view that consensus should be forged till October 17 as the draft of the new constitution would be prepared in the period.
Those expressing the views at the meeting were Ramesh Lekhak, Siddhilal Singh, Buddhisagar Chaudhary, Chudamani BK Jangali, Bikram Khanal, Chhaya Sharma Panta, Yubraj Gyawali, Bharat Mohan Adhikari, Ganag Thapa and Guru Prasad Burlakoti, among others.
Football in CA
Expressing his view in the CA meeting, lawmaker Ganesh Thapa, also the chairman of All Nepal Football Association (ANFA), described CA as a playground.
Thapa said that he has got an opportunity to represent in the CA after his 35-year journey in sport sector.
He said, “Football is played for 90 minutes. Decision is taken after the time is over. Extra times should not be given time and again. We have to go for tiebreaker. Constitution should come on January 22.”
Thapa further said that we should go for a referendum on the issues of federalism, secularism and other disputed issues if consensus was not forged. RSS