Kathmandu,17 Dec 2014: Discussions on the report of the Constitutional-Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee (CPDCC) continued in the third consecutive today in the Constituent Assembly (CA) meeting.
The CPDCC submitted its report to the CA by incorporating the stance of the ruling Nepali Congress and CPN (UML) on federalism, form of governance, electoral system and judiciary.
Taking part in the deliberation on the report, Nepali Congress lawmaker Chandra Kanta Bhandari said new constitution should be promulgated by January 22 to ensure nation’s prosperity as wished by the people.
He said that consensus was a tough task in the issue of federalism if the parties donâ€™t exhibit flexibility from their positions.
Bhandari said that the parties should rise above from the partisan and factional interests to give a way out to the country from the ongoing political deadlock.
Likewise, CPN (UML) lawmaker Yubraj Gyawali said that consensus should be forged among the maximum stakeholders of the people’s movement to bring the constitution by realizing the reality that the constitution cannot be promulgated in all and all consensus. He added that the contentious issues should be finalized by going in the process to take a decision.
Drafting constitution at present is to institutionalize the federal democratic republic and the efforts for the consensus by the top leaders should be continued, Gyawali added.
He was of the view that the issue of constitution should be finalized by January 22 by going in the process to stop the political parties from being failed.
Likewise, Janardan Sharma of UCPN (Maoist) said the majority-based constitution is against the spirit of the Interim Constitution of Nepal and also the voices of the party. The UCPN (Maoist) is committed towards the promulgation of a consensus-based constitution within coming January 22, Sharma said.
The party would strongly protest if any move is taken to draft the constitution through a majority process, he added.
Similarly, RPP-Nepal’s Kunti Kumari Shahi said the CPDCC which was assigned to take the parties outside the CA into a confidence for a consensus, even sidelined the fourth largest power in the CA. The RPP Nepal is clear that the disputes on the contents of a new constitution be settled through consensus, referendum and process.
Likewise, Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (Democratic) member Jitendra Narayan Dev stressed the need of right decision to end political transition in the country and establish an agreement on the disputed issues of a new constitution.
There is no alternative for political parties to forging a consensus among the political parties to institutionalize achievements of past movements, and for the wellbeing of the nation and people. It is necessary for all to realise the spirit of Madhesh movement that it was for autonomous and powerful Madhes.