May 21, 2012 Kathmandu – As streets of Kathmandu and elsewhere is warming up with various ethnic groups, in support of parties and in opposition, public life has been shattered and many daily commodities are hiking prices or not available in the market, Nepal’s President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav on Monday met with top leaders of major political Parties – UCPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress, CPN (UML) and United Democratic Madhesi Front – and stressed on the need to promulgate the new constitution by the May 27 deadline at any cost.
During the meeting with Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, NC president Sushil Koirala, UML chairman Jhala Nath Khanal and UDMF’s Bijay Kumar Gachchhadhar at the Office of the President, Shital Niwas this morning, President Yadav said he was concerned looking the delay seen in drafting the new constitution when only seven days remain for expiry of Constituent Assembly’s (CA) last term. He said failing to promulgate the constitution within the stipulated timeframe could possibly have serious consequences for the country and told top political honchos to be aware of that fact.
The President also took stock of the ongoing preparation to promulgate the constitution including protests and demonstrations organised by various ethnic communities in the country for identity-based federalism. Maintaining that there is no other alternative for all racial, ethnic and religious communities of the country but to maintain communal harmony and join hands for a peace and prosperous Nepal, he advised the top political party leaders to move ahead by forging consensus on disputed issues through dialogue and understanding.