Majority process will will invite more problems: Prachanda

Kathmandu, April 24: UCPN-Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda on Friday termed the news reports that there was an agreement among the major political parties on the contentious issues of the new constitution during the top leaders’ meeting held at Baluwatar on April 20 as misleading.

Talking to journalists at his residence at Lazimpat, the opposition leader said that reports of both agreement and disagreement were totally incorrect.

"There was neither agreement nor disagreement. The meeting did not enter into any specific agenda," he said and added, "However, all the parties and leaders vowed to work for consensus to resolve the contentious issues of the new constitution."

He said that his party had proposed to register its reservation in regard to the form of governance and allow the constitution writing process to move if the ruling parties agreed to its proposal on state restructuring or federalism

He, however, stressed that there could not be any agreements putting the agenda of state restructuring aside.

Process would be suicidal

Prachanda who is also coordinator of 30-party opposition alliance warned that politics would be more complex if the ruling parties forcefully opted for majority process in the Constituent Assembly (CA) to decide on the contentious issues of the new constitution.

He said that the beginning of voting process discarding the earlier agreement would invite long-term troubles.

"The existing problems will get worse and stay around longer if the ruling parties chose the voting process instead of consensus in the CA," he warned.

Prachanda said that it would also suspend the ongoing peace process as the beginning of the majority process was against the spirit of the Interim Constitution, 12-point agreement and other past agreements.

Position as problem

Chairman Prachanda said that the issue of the allocation of positions following the promulgation of the new constitution has been aproblem within the ruling parties, Nepali Congress and CPN-UML.

He, however, said that there was no such problem in his party, the UCPN-Maoist.

"The division of top positions in the government between the ruling parites after the promulgation of the new constitution has also remained a major problem in writing the new constitution shortly," he said.

Stating that the ball was in the court of the ruling parties, he said that he could draft a new constitution, based on the spirit of Interim Constitution, past agreements and accords, within a couple of days if the ruling parties agreed for so.

Supreme Court's verdict equally risky for ruling parties

Stating that the state mechanism had killed more than 13,000 people during the decade-long Peoples' War in the country, he said that the recent verdict of the Supreme Court was more dangerous for the leaders of the ruling parties, Nepal Army and police than the Maoists.

"It seems that the court's verdict was totally against the Maoists and it was intended to weaken them. However, the verdict will hamper the then ruling parties, their leaders and the police administration equally," he said.

 He blamed the ruling parties for trying to threaten the Maoists by taking advantage of the recent verdict of the court. "But threat can't solve the problems."

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