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Discussions in CA on constitution bill – RPP

Discussions in CA on constitution bill - RPP
Discussions in CA on constitution bill - RPP

Kathmandu, Aug. 26: The Rastriya Prajatantra Party, Nepal (RPP-N) Chairperson Kamal Thapa has condemned the second people’s movement of year 2006, referring it as a political activity driven by bad intentions in the name of sea-change.

Speaking in the meeting of the Constituent Assembly at New Baneshower today, the RPP leader stated that the current increasing public despair and ire regarding the constitution promulgation process and failure of the leaders to materialize the process had led the country to agitation.

Thapa, also Home Minister during the last royal reign, argued that the incumbent government should make public those forces which were trying to derail the constitution promulgation process.

He also blamed the four major political parties for inviting ‘political mayhem’ due to their petty selfishness. Leader Thapa urged the government to introspect rather than indulging in a blame game, further heralding unfavorable political consequences in the country.

Mocking the Constituent Assembly (CA) members referring their role in the CA as an indecisive one, he asserted that the CA members had nothing to do with constitution drafting but merely nodding their heads in solidarity with the decisions made by the top four political parties.

Comparing the current CA with the then (bhardari sabha or the privy council) during the Rana-regime, Leader Thapa urged the top leaders to crush their ego for the greater good.

Similarly, hitting out at the statements of the Chairman of the Constitutional Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee that no discussion could take place on religion, the RPP Nepal chairman stressed the need that discussions should be held on every issues of the constitution.

Thapa asked the Chairperson of the Constitution Drafting Committee, KP Sitaula, “Who are you to say that we cannot discuss about monarchy bearing a history of as long as 240 years?”

He also underscored that demands of a majority Nepali people to reinstate Nepal as a Hindu State should be met and that the act of luring Nepalis to change their religion should be curbed.

He said that they were ready to resort to any alternatives if their demands are not met.

Expressing qualm over the pro-monarchy stance of leader Thapa, Karna Bahadur Thapa, CA member from the CPN (UML), stated that the comparison of current CA with the Rana-regime (Bhardari Sabha) was inappropriate.

He further argued that it was slap in the face of CA. Thapa also suggested RPP-N Chair Thapa to mind his language during the deliberations in the CA.

Bijaya Kumar Gachchhadar, chairman of the Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Loktantrik, said that it was wrong to say that the issues raised by the Madhes-based parties were not genuine, adding that the Madhes movements helped establish the rights of Madhesi and Tharu communities, which, he said, the interim constitution failed to ensure each time it was amended in the past.

Saying that the established rights could be institutionalized, he demanded eight-province model rather than the seven-state one already agreed upon by the major parties, which, he said, failed to address the demands of the Madhesi and Tharu communities.

He also warned of walking out of the Constituent Assembly if their demands go unheeded.

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