Kathmandu,17 Nov 2014: A meeting of today of 22-party alliance headed by the main opposition UCPN (Maoist) has denounced a joint proposal on seven provinces presented by the Nepali Congress and CPN (UML) to the Constitutional Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee (CPDCC).
The meeting termed the proposal against the spirit of consensus and stated that it was unacceptable for the alliance. It has urged the ruling parties to keep past agreements in mind while presenting their views on the restructuring of the state.
The alliance makes its view public regarding the joint proposal in the context when the Congress and UML are learnt to have been planning to submit a signature of two-third majority on the proposal to the CPDCC meeting scheduled for today. The ruling parties are determined to the joint proposal.
Talking to media after the meeting, UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal shared that they were ready to adopt maximum flexibility for a consensus if the ruling parties agreed to withdraw the proposal. He stressed that all sides be ready to go ahead by sticking to the 12-point agreement, Interim Constitution of Nepal-2063 BS and other various agreements.
Likewise, Terai-Madhes Loktantrik Party co- chair Hridayesh Tripathi argued that the seven-province model joint draft presented by the ruling parties to the CPDCC has failed to incorporate the spirit of federalism.
It may be noted that despite several rounds of talks, major political parties are yet to hammer out longstanding disputes regarding the matters of form of governance, restructuring of the state, electoral system and judiciary, the major issues of a new constitution which has created doubts over the drafting of a new constitution within upcoming January 22, the deadline for promulgating it.