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UCPN (Maoist) bats for pursuing statute writing on consensus basis

UCPN (Maoist) bats for pursuing statute writing on consensus basis
UCPN (Maoist) bats for pursuing statute writing on consensus basis

Kathmandu, Jan 15: The main opposition party, the Unified CPN (Maoist), has again urged the ruling parties to pursue the constitution writing process as per the spirit of the 12-point understanding, the Interim Constitution and the Comprehensive Peace Accird reached among the major parties in the past.

The extended meeting of the party held at its central office at Parisdanda today concluded that since the Constituent Assembly is not like the general Parliament, the ruling parties should not move ahead on the basis of ‘majority or minority’ in constitution writing.

“A decision has been taken for preparing for a struggle from within the Constituent Assembly and in the streets if the ruling parties go ahead with the majority process,” the party’s Standing Committee member Agni Prasad Sapkota said, adding that a constitution with far-reaching effect could not be had on the basis of a majority but it needed the consent of the forces that waged the People’s Movements.

According to Sapkota, the meeting has decided to mobilize the people in collaboration with the 19 parties represented in the Constituent Assembly (CA), the 11 parties outside the CA, other fringe parties, the CPN-Maoist which boycotted the CA election and the indigenous nationalities, to press for issuing a constitution on consensus.

While emphasizing that the main law of the land should be such that it would be internalized by all, the meeting concluded that anyone ‘forcing it’ could not be considered as reasonable and justified, Sapkota further said.

The meeting discussed the latest political situation of the country, the steps the party needed to take in this situation and collaboration with other parties.

It also concluded that although the parties are close to a consensus on the contentious issues of the new constitution, the ruling parties were not vigorous enough to settle these issues, and the topic of empowering the people alone is important for the UCPN (Maoist), Sapkota said.

The UCPN (Maoist) has cautioned all those concerned against diverting the content and forgetting the past agreements and accords in the name of going for the process, stressing that a middle way could be found even on the topic of state restructuring.

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