Kathmandu, Dec 15: Today’s Constituent Assembly (CA) meeting has started discussions on the report presented by the Constitutional Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee (CPDCC).
During the meeting, Nepali Congress Vice-President Ram Chandra Poudel said that there was no alternative to promulgating the new constitution on coming January 22 by forging consensus, stating that the parliamentary system along with inclusion would be suitable.
Poudel argued the joint proposal presented by the NC and CPN (UML) on the contentious issues of new constitution including federalism and form of governance was objective and scientific.
He said, “People have accepted the seven-province proposal presented regarding the state restructuring. The concept of independent judiciary has been forwarded. The promise made to the people for promulgating the new constitution on slated time shall be fulfilled.”
Similarly, CPN (UML) Vice-Chairman Bhim Rawal said the concept of seven provinces was forwarded ensuring the rights of Dalits, women and indigenous nationalities.
He said it was necessary to promulgate the new constitution even by going for due process if consensus was not forged in this regard.
Rawal said they put forth the proposal to take the nation towards sustainable peace and progress, adding the proposal was brought in a collective manner to institutionalize the rights of all.
UCPN (Maoist) General Secretary Krishna Bahadur Mahara blamed the ruling parties of trying to hold responsible the parties that were in minority by keeping the nation captive.
He further said that the CPDCC report was forwarded to the CA only for information not for discussions and entering into the process.
Similarly, Rastriya Prajatantra Party Nepal chairman Kamal Thapa urged the major parties to include his party in the consensus process.
He said his party was flexible on the topic of secularism and republicanism but his party would go to the people for other disputed issues of a new constitution.
Thapa further said that his party which is the fourth largest force of the CA would not accept the dualistic approach of the three major parties that neither they were ready to enter in the due process nor hold a referendum to resolve the disputed issues.