CA members repeat parties' stance on disputed issues
Kathmandu, Dec 31: Constituent Assembly (CA) members speaking in today's meeting of the Constituent Assembly repeated their respective parties' stance on the disputed issues of a new constitution. The CA members have been expressing their views on the report submitted to CA by Chairman of the Constitutional Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee (CPDCC), Dr Baburam Bhattarai since December 15.
Mahalaxmi Upadhayaya Dina of the Nepali Congress said that the CA should not be made a hostage of indecision for long as the CCPDCC has not been able to forge consensus on the disputed issues despite much efforts. She demanded that the CA adopt the voting process as outlined in the CA rules of procedures to settle the disputed issues, warning the country would be in crisis of the new constitution was not issued on the stipulated date as promised to the people.
Sher Dhan Rai of the CPN (UML) lashed out at the opposition parties for announcing to hit the streets instead of discussing and settling the disputed issues in the sovereign CA.
UCPN (Maoist)'s Mahendra Bahadur Shahi called on the top leaders of the major political parties to debate over the contentious issues of the new constitution within the CA and seek consensus. He however suggested that the parties should strive for consensus rather than being tied to the deadline of issuing the constitution. Shahi warned the ruling parties against harbouring the mentality of issuing constitution through ham-handed manner. The constitution should be in the interests of people of all the classes, castes and communities, he reiterated.
Brijesh Kumar Gupta of the Tarai Madhes Loktantrik Party (TMLP) also pointed out the need of writing a consensus constitution rather than forcing it on the basis of two-third majority.
CA member Dil Bahadur Nepali objected to the statements that the CPDCC chairman has been a failure, arguing that the CPDC's failure inter alia means that all the top leaders of the major parties who are on the committee have also failed. It is also the failure of the entire CA, he said and called for issuing the new constitution through consensus.
Nepali Congress' Rajendra Kumar KC said it was a shame that the proposal of creating a single Madhes province has been brought as the people of all communities and ethnicities live there. He alleged the UCPN (Maoist) of using the Madhes-centric parties as tools to force own agenda.
CA members Udaya Nepali Shrestha, Balaram Thapa, Mina Chaudhary, Ganesh Singh Thagunna, Prakash Sharma Poudel and Khadga Bahadur Basyal also expressed their respective parties' views.
Discussion on the CPDCC report is still on at the CA meeting now.