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Nepal’s new constitution in jeopardy

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An Artistic Design of New Constitution of Nepal’s Cover. Pic – Online sources.

05 NOVEMBER 2014 KATHMANDU – As time is running out for the Political Party heads to create a common ground to practice their ideology in the future, Main Political parties are divided in north and south pole which never meet together in any circumstances.
The ruling and opposition parties locked their horns on Tuesday over the way forward after the Constituent Assembly gets the disputed issues on its table.

In a PDCC meeting on Tuesday, the ruling Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML reiterated that the Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee should forward their common proposal of seven federal states to the CA. The opposition UCPN (Maoist) and Madhes-based parties are against the idea saying that the CA rules of procedure do not allow it. The PDCC is headed by UCPN (Maoist) leader Baburam Bhattarai.

The ruling coalition pushes for vote on the contentious issues, claiming 402 members in the 601-strong Assembly. After the ruling and opposition parties traded barbs, Bhattarai postponed the meeting indefinitely.

NC Vice-president Ram Chandra Poudel accused Bhattarai of playing a dual role. He claimed that since the proposal has the backing of two-third CA members, Bhattarai should forward the proposal to the CA for deliberation. Ruling party leaders said Bhattarai had agreed to accept the proposal but he backtracked later following pressure from the opposition.

Bhattarai said the PDCC meeting will take place after consultation with top leaders of the major parties, the CA chairman and other stakeholders about the future course of action. “We should try to settle the conflicting issues for good, instead of igniting them by taking decisions in a hurry,” said Bhattarai. “The constitution drafting process has got in a fix. Rather than the technicalities, it’s a political decision that weighs above all,” Nembang said.

Pushpa Kamal Dahal threatens government;

Meanwhile,UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has warned of toppling the current government through street agitation if the ruling parties fail to correct their common proposal on the contentious issues of the constitution writing process such as forms of government, federalism, judiciary and electoral system.

Addressing a protest rally of the 22-party alliance, which is opposing the proposal presented by the Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML, in Phidim on Tuesday, Dahal claimed that the ruling parties had lost their political and constitutional ground to lead the government. Dahal, who leads the opposition alliance, accused the NC and the UML of trying to revive the 1990 constitution and not prioritizing constitution writing.

He blamed that the proposal is against the Comprehensive Peace Accord, the Interim Constitution, the 12-point agreement and the agreements reached with Madhesis, Tharus, Janajatis and ethnic groups and that it cannot address people’s aspirations for change.

In the same stage Addressing to the gathering, Bijaya Kumar Gachhedar, chairperson of the Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (Loktantrik)Party , said they will not accept the new constitution without identity. Other leaders, who addressed the meeting, including Upendra Yadav, Ashok Rai and Kumar Lingden also express their views similarly.

PM urges Maoist chief and other leaders not to worry still:

Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has urged UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and other political party leaders not to worry about the common proposal presented by the ruling parties. “Party’s feedback on the common proposal is natural,” he said, addressing the inauguration of a building for the NAWALPARASI’s Rajahar-based Community Natural Cure Hospital on Tuesday. PM was Saying that talks are being held with all the political parties on the disputed issues, and assured that the new constitution will be promulgated on the promised date of January 22, 2015.

Different mind, different ideology, different way of promising to the public, all the political parties are behind the scene taking their advantage of being elected in the future and how to fake people with promises. If those leaders are honest and truly focusing on public demand, they should have already drafted the new constitution of Nepal long ago and today Nepal should have been walking towards the prosperity and development.

Source: KOL