'No alternate of issuing new constitution by mid-August'

Kathmandu, Aug. 4: Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has said that there was no alternate to issuing a new constitution by this mid-August and the parties were holding serious discussions for the same.

Following the meeting of the Special Committee under the Constitutional- Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee (CPDCC), PM Koirala added that there might be more pessimism among the people if the constitution was not issued in the stipulated time. 

Stating he was optimistic about issuing the new constitution with delineation of provinces, the PM said that the media should not disseminate negative news. 

Prime Minister Koirala said that eight years passed in the name of drafting a constitution and it should not be prolonged anymore as all parties, people and even the international community were concerned over this delay therefore it might create more pessimism if the constitution was not issued soon. 

He added that there would be no difficulty naming the provinces if the borders were delineated. Referring to some disgruntled Madhesi parties, PM Koirala said that they were holding discussions even in the delineation of border to bring the disgruntled parties into consensus. 'Tearing the constitution' benefits none, he said. 

Similarly, CPN (UML) chairman KP Sharma Oli said that the new constitution with delineation of borders will be brought within mid-August as they were working with work division for the purpose. 

The next meeting of the Special Committee would be held today itself to forge consensus to include the public feedbacks in the new constitution.

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