‘Parties effortful to forging consensus in package on disputed issues’

Kathmandu, Aug. 3: Chairman of the Constitutional-Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee (CPDCC) Dr Baburam Bhattarai has reiterated that the political leaders were making efforts to issuing a new constitution forging consensus in a package on all the disputed issues.

Receiving a memorandum submitted by the Reporters Club Nepal here today, he said the top leaders of the major political parties were effortful towards taking the issue of issuing the constitution after determining the borders of the federal provinces to a conclusion, addressing this very aspiration of the people.

The Reporters Club Nepal handed in the memo to the CPDCC chair Bhattarai to press for issuing the new constitution within August 17.

Stating every efforts were on for incorporating the public feedback in the constitution, he said that there was no truth in the allegation that the meeting of the CPDCC has been deferred for an indefinite period. “We are ready to issue the constitution within August 17; there is no meaning in spreading false rumours,” he added.

He said they have devised a strategy to make the consensus public only after consensus is forged on all the issues and that 65 disputed issues were settled the previous day alone while consensus has been reached on some more topics today. Consensus would be reached on a few remaining issues within a couple of days, he added.

The CPDCC chairman maintained that discussions were on aimed at incorporating the maximum number of suggestions given by the people and the concerns of various organisations on the preliminary draft of the new constitution.

He explained that discussions were being held taking extra time as the top leaders of the major parties are striving to arrive at a consensus on issuing a constitution with the delineation of the federal states as it would address the demands of all the dissatisfied parties and as the parties outside the CA could also be taken into confidence.

Dr Bhattarai further said that the top leaders were focused on creating an environment in which the majority people would support the constitution when it is issued.

Noting that full press freedom would be guaranteed in the new constitution, he clarified the recent visit of top leaders of major parties to India has had no bearing in the constitution writing whatsoever.  “The foreign friendly countries could only express goodwill but it the Nepali people and Nepal’s political parties that would write the constitution. There is no truth in the statement that there is some kind of interference (of foreign countries) in the constitution-writing,” the CPDCC chairman said.

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