Kathmandu, Oct 19: Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has said maximum efforts are being made to forge consensus on the disputed issues of a new constitution.
“The popular leader and founder of the Nepali Congress, the late BP Koirala returned to the country from exile under the national reconciliation policy even in hostile situation and that the party’s another leader the late Girija Prasad Koirala had brought the then CPN(Maoist) in the mainstream of democracy from their armed conflict which made the peace process possible,” the Prime Minister recalled, adding that a new constitution should be issued on the slated time through consensus among the political parties.
The Prime Minister said this while addressing to a seminar titled ‘Challenges of Formulating a Democratic Constitution’ organised by the Sahid Saroj Koirala Memorial Trust to commemorate the 41st Memorial Day of martyr Saroj Koirala here on Sunday.
“Not only the people from all regions and strata of life in the country, even the entire international community, including China, India, US, the European Union has concern that democracy, peace and development move ahead in a sustainable manner in Nepal after timely constitution, ” the Prime Minister said.
Referring to the UCPN (Maoist) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s recent statement that the alliance of 22 parties under his party’s leadership will go for a peaceful movement if there was no consensus, PM Koirala asked the UCPN(Maoist) chairman what if the movement he has talked of deviated in the name of exerting pressure for consensus.
“Now, there is no situationof hitting for the jungle carrying guns; we should draft the constitution within the stipulated time through talks, consensus, unity and co-work and I believe this is possible,” the Prime Minister said.
He recalled the late Saroj Koirala as a person who stood for democratic ideals and values and that he would provide support in naming a road after him and constructing a statue of martyr Koirala.
Former Speaker of the Parliament, Daman Nath Dhungana, compared communists as a bubble of water and stressed the need of formulating a new constitution by considering the people and abiding by the past agreements and not only looking at the Maoists alone. He said the late Saroj Koirala was a dynamic person who was committed to keeping the party’s spirit alive.
Another former Parliament Speaker Taranath Ranabhat warned against delaying the constitution making work again taking the people for a ride.
Senior journalist Harihar Birahi said that the youth generation’s attention could be drawn to the history of struggle for democracy if a road was named after the late Saroj Koirala and his statue constructed.
Trust president Shiva Lamsal presided over the programme.