All Articles of Part 1 of Revised Constitutional Bill approved

Kathmandu, Sept 14: The Constituent Assembly (CA) meeting today passed all nine Articles of the Part 1 of the Revised Bill of the Constitution of Nepal-2072. Earlier, provisions under Article 1 to 4 were passed.

Article 5 states that sovereignty, national indivisibility, independence, unity, protection of rights and dignity Nepali, border security, economic prosperity shall be the fundamental issues of Nepal's national interest. Various amendment proposals lodged relating to this provision were rejected from majority.

Lawmakers Shyam Shrestha, Bishwendra Pashwan and Chinkaji Shrestha had submitted amendment proposals in the Article 5.

The joint proposal of three major political parties registered by Chief Whip of Nepali Congress Chinkaji Shrestha for changing the terminologies dignity, protection of Nepalis rights' to 'dignity, protection of rights and interests of Nepalis has been approved.

The Article 6 approved by today's CA meeting states that 'All languages spoken in Nepal are the national languages'. Lawmakers Laxman Rajbansi, Kumar Khadka, Jaydev Joshi and Aindra Sundar Nembang had floated the amendment proposals on the same.

Similarly, Article 7 stating 'Nepali language written in Devnagari script shall be the language of official use while the federal provinces shall use one or more languages for their official use depending on the majority of speakers of the languages in addition to the Nepali language’ was approved by the CA meeting.

Of the total 16 amendment proposals tabled on the Article 7, nine proposals were withdrawn whereas eight were rejected.

Likewise, the meeting passed the Article 8 on determining the same national flag in the new constitution. The national flag of Nepal, as handed down by tradition, consists of two juxta-posed triangular figures with a crimson-colored base and deep blue borders, there being a white emblem of the crescent moon with eight rays visible out of sixteen in the upper part and a white emblem of a twelve rayed sun in the lower part

Of the total four amendment proposals lodged on this provision, one proposal was withdrawn while the CA rejected three others lodged by Ram Kumar Rai, Shivalal Thapa and Yashodha Kumari Lama.

The CA retained article 9 that mentions the index of the national anthem, rhododendron as Nepal's the national flower, cow as the national animal, crimson as the national colour, lophophorus as the national bird.

Of the total 19 proposals submitted on this provision, one was withdrawn whereas others were rejected from the CA members during the clause-wise voting on the Bill of the new constitution.

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