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'New constitution in four months'
Bardiya (Gulariya), Feb 2: Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Bamdev Gautam has said that the new constitution would be issued in four months. Speaking at a press conference at Gulariya today, he alleged the chairman of the Constitutional Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee chairman Baburam Bhattarai of holding the committee hostage thereby preventing it to function to be able to deliver the new constitution on the stipulated date.
He said new constitution could not be issued due to the obstruction caused by the UCPN (Maoist) and the Madhesi Front, accusing the opposition alliance of hurting the mandate expressed through the general election by 27 million Nepalis.
The Deputy Prime Minister also said that the country would have seven federal provinces, adding that the government and the ruling parties have been calling the opposition parties which are deviating from the genuine course of constitution drafting to negotiation. If they do not take this, then the new constitution would be brought on the basis of two-third majority through the voting process.