Kathmandu, 18 Dec 2014: Lawmakers are still stuck in a debate over whether or not to send back the report of the Constitutional-Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee (CPDCC) in the committee meeting in order to forge a consensus on the disputed issues of the constitution.
Lawmakers from Nepali Congress and CPN (UML) participating in the deliberations over the CPDCC reportÂ 2071 have opposed the idea of sending the report back to the CPDCC citing the Committee failed to cohere the disgruntled sides to forge an agreement.
However, lawmakers from the UCPN (Maoist) and the Madhes-based parties stressed on sending the report back to the CPDCC calling for a constitution based on past agreements and citing the process of agreement was still continuing.
Despite the opposing views, the ruling and the opposition parties were unequivocal in promulgating the new constitution by January 22 as per the commitment made before the people.
On the occasion, UML’s Chandra Bahadur Gurung warned the ethnic federal state model would disintegrate the country.
Similarly, UML’s Sita Oli said the failure on part of the parties to fulfill the commitment made to the people by the parties had spread frustration among the people while adding that the report should not be sent back to the committee which has already failed to forge agreement.
UML’s Radha Krishna Kandel, Dhan Bahadur Rayamahji and Mukti Prasad Pathak said it would be wrong to withhold the constitution making process in name of consensus and underlined the need to venture into the voting process.
However, Terai-Madhes Sadbhawana Party’s Kamaleshwor Puri Goswami urged the ruling parties to shun the notion of delivering the constitution through voting process.
UCPN (Maoist) lawmaker Umesh Kumar Yadav termed the effort of isolating an important partner of the 12-point understanding and promulgate the constitution unilaterally as wrong. Yadav called for sending back the report to the CPDCC for agreement.
UCPN (Maoist) lawmakers Sri Prasad Jagebu, Ongdi Sherpa and Krishna Dhital opposed the idea of forcing the constitution through two-thirds majority citing the constitution should exude a sense of ownership to all sides.
Nepali Congres lawmaker Jivan Bahadur Shahi, Deepak Khadka, Ramesh Bahadur Baniya and Narayan Bahadur Karki emphasized on respecting the two-thirds majority of people and immediately grant the country a new constitution. They also called for resolving the disputed issues on basis of the nine-point proposal tabled by NC and UML.
Rastriya Prajatantra Party’s Prem Bahadur Giri and UML’s Ganesh Pahadi and Harkabole Rai were of the view of handing the Constituent Assembly the final say on the contentious issues in the backdrop of the failure of CPDCC.
UCPN (Maoist) Surendra Prasad Jaisawal underscored the need for seeking the final resolution on the constitution making through agreement and urged the ruling parties to leave their stubborn stance on promulgating the constitution through majority voting.
The next meeting of the CA will be held at 11 am on Friday.