Kathmandu,18 Dec 2014: Constituent Assembly members participating in the deliberations of the report of the Constitutional-Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee (CPDCC) in the meeting of the CA today invoked their respective party’s stance regarding the contentious issues seen in the constitution writing.
They debated on whether or not the report of the CPDCC should be sent back to it for seeking consensus, and in this connection reiterated their respective parties’ stance on the disputed issues.
CA members from the ruling parties including the Nepali Congress and the CPN (UML) argued that the 601-member Assembly should itself decide on the report rather than sending it to the 75-member CPDCC. Moreover, they said that the CPDCC has failed in forging consensus on the issues three or four times before and therefore the due process should be adopted for deciding on the issue.
However, the CA members from the UCPN (Maoist) and the Madhes-centric parties stressed on writing a new constitution based on the previous agreements.
CA member of the Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (Democratic) Asha Chaturvedi called for issuing a new constitution based on agreement, emphasizing that the constitution should be acceptable to all which can also be owned by all.
Nepali Congress CA memberÂ Birendra Prasad Mahato said the CA members have been made only the pawns by the top leaders of the major parties who, according to him, were for top posts in the government and the State, calling on the party leaders to clarify matters in this regard.
CA member from the Rastriya Prajatantra Party Nepal Rajya Laxmi Shrestha (Nuwakot) emphasized the need of promulgating the new constitution in the stipulated time as promised to the people even by adopting the due process if consensus was elusive. She spoke against sending the CPDCC report back to it.
Other CA members expressing their views in the meeting of the CA today include Akwal Ahamad Sah of the Madhesi Janadhikar Forum Nepal, who emphasized on fully empowering the indigenous nationalities, minorities, marginalized and the Madhesi communities, Mahendra Raya Yadav of the Terai Madhes Sadbhavana Party, Dhrmendra Kumar Saha Teli of the Rastriya Madhes Samajwadi Party, Nabindra Raj Joshi, Man Bhaadur BK and Ram Ktishna Yadav of the Nepali Congress,Â Ganeshman Gurung, Kripasur Sherpa, Shyam Prasad Dhakal, Siddhi Lal Singh and Man Prasad Khatri of the UML, Tek Bahadur Basnet of the UCPN (Maoist).