Ilam, 3rd January, 2015 : Senior leader Jhalanath Khanal has reiterated that new constitution would be promulgated on January 22 even by opting for process if consensus was not forged among the political parties on contentious issues of constitution.
Addressing a programme in Ilam on Saturday, the former Prime Minister claimed that the erstwhile Constituent Assembly (CA) failed to deliver
the new constitution due to ultra-leftist characters of the Maoists.
Khanal also said that the threat of confrontation issued by the Maoists and Madhes-centric parties against the constitution promulgation was meaningless.
“Our first priority is to forge consensus. Then we have to go for process if consensus was not forged. The CA Chairman should promulgate constitution if attempts for process too failed,” the UML leader said.
Khanal was of the opinion that the federal states cannot be named based on ethnic lines and all castes cannot be given the states saying that 125 castes are living in the country.