Over 140 NC lawmakers seek draft revision

  • Shekhar Koirala defies party directive, registers amendment bill in CA
ANIL GIRI, Sep 05 2015

In a sign of growing dissent on the draft constitution, over 140 Nepali Congress CA members from various groups on Friday registered amendment proposals at the party’s Parliamentary Party (PP) office.
In a separate move, Shekhar Koirala became the first NC lawmaker to table a separate amendment bid at the Constituent Assembly Secretariat. Groups including Madhesis, Adivasis, Janajatis, Tharus, Muslims and women have registered amendment proposals on the Constitution Bill. There are also individual proposals for the statute draft revision from dissatisfied CA members such as Arjun Narsingh KC, Jagadish Narsingh KC, Gagan Thapa, Gita Pandey and others representing Baglung, Nawalparasi, Rukum districts.
On behalf of the business community, CA member Umesh Shrestha tabled an amendment proposal at the office. The NC has 196 members in the CA in total.
The CA secretariat has given parties and individual CA members until Saturday to propose amendments.
“I am collecting the papers. I cannot say right now how many have been registered. Those who registered separate proposals in the CA Secretariat have defied the party’s instruction,” said NC Chief Whip Chin Kaji Shrestha.
He asked Koirala to withdraw his proposal as per the decision of the NC Central Working Committee, the PP office stated on Friday.
In a 25-point memorandum submitted to Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, the party president, 45 CA members from the Tarai and Tharu constituencies have urged him to revisit the proposed seven-province model, calling for three states in Tarai-Madhes as per a decision of the party’s Mahasamiti.
They also urged the party leadership to remove terms like ‘armed conflict’ and ‘socialism-oriented…’ from the preamble, to grant either father or mother the right to pass on citizenship to their children, and proportional representation of various groups in state entities.
Fifty-three female CA members also submitted their amendment papers to the party calling for a constitution that ensures their representation in all levels of elected posts. As many as 22 CA members representing Adivasi and Janajati clusters also submitted a nine-point amendment proposal.
CA member Usha Gurung said the NC should stand for at least what was ensured in the Interim Constitution. “Out of the five achievements reflected in the Interim Constitution--federalism, secularism, republicanism, inclusiveness and equal representation, if one is removed, the other four will fade gradually,” she said.
They demanded setting up a constitutional Adivasi Janajati Commission, guarantee of the rights of Adivasis and Janajatis as fundamental rights, equal representation of the communities in various state entities and implementation of the international obligations and conventions that Nepal is a party to.
Eleven Dalit CA members from the party urged the leadership to ensure them 13 percent representation in the state mechanism, according to lawmaker Man Bahadur Bishwokarma.
They also sought Dalits’ representation in the local level with at least three seats in village, four in town and one in ward level allotted to them.
Five Tharu CA members separately tabled a proposal urging the party to resolve through dialogue the standoff in Kailali where nine people were killed.
Koirala urged removing the term secularism and the provision for constitutional court, calling for devising a multi-party system based on pluralism as the nature of the state. He also urged an end to the practice of parliamentary hearing of constitutional appointees and ambassadors.
Thapa sought provision for a directly-elected prime minister. KC and other lawmakers demanded that Nepal should be called a multi-religious country. They also urged the removal of the provision for no confidence motion against the PM within the first two years of appointment.
Lawmakers from Salyan, Baglung, Rukum and Nawalparasi urged the party leadership not to split the district while drawing the federal map.

 

Demands galore

  • 45 CA members from the Tarai and Tharu constituencies urge PM to revisit the 7-state model, calling for three states in Tarai
  • 53 female CA members call for a constitution that ensures their representation in all levels of elected posts
  • 22 CA members representing Adivasi and Janajati clusters seek their proportional representation in state mechanism
  • 11 Dalit CA members demand 13 percent representation in state bodies
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Govt, Dr KC’s reps reach deal

Binod Ghimire, Kathmandu, Sep 04 2015
Medical students take out a rally in support of Dr Govinda KC in New Baneshwor, Kathmandu, on Wednesday. Dr KC is on a hunger strike for the past 10 days to press the government to implement the recently unveiled Health Profession Education Policy draftedPRAKASH TIMILSENA
Talks between the government team and the representatives of Dr Govinda KC reached a six-point agreement on Friday night. However, Dr KC, who is on a fast-unto-death protest for the last 12 days, is yet to accept the deal.

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Electric crematorium: PADT cremates two bodies on trial

Anup Ojha, Kathmandu, Sep 05 2015
The Pashupati Area Development Trust prepares to cremate a body at the newly-built electric crematorium on Friday. Photo: Rss
The Pashupati Area Development Trust has successfully conducted the trial operation of the recently completed electric crematorium. Two unidentified bodies of earthquake victims recovered from Bhaktapur and Dhading were cremated at Pingalasthan on Thursday and Friday, said PADT Member Secretary Govinda Tandon.

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Main News

No amendment proposal yet on press provisions

Post Report, Sep 05 2015
A day before the deadline to register amendment bills expires, a proposal was yet to be filed at the CA Secretariat to revise several provisions of the draft constitution that, if not amended, may seriously curtail press freedom.
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Cop shot in Bardiya protest dies

KAMAL PANTHI & THAKUR SINGH THARU, Sep 05 2015
A police officer died of bullet wounds he suffered during a clash with Tharuhat supporters at Mainapokhari in Bardiya district on Friday.
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NC lawmakers from Tarai demands 3 states in Madhes

Post Report, Sep 04 2015
Forty-three Madhesi lawmakers from Nepali Congress have advised the party to put forth the amendment proposal for the constitution Bill to carve three states in Tarai.
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National

Banda continues to affect life across Tarai

Post Report, Sep 05 2015
An indefinite banda called by Sanghiya Limbuwan Party Nepal affected normal life in Panchthar, Ilam, Jhapa, Morang, Sunsari, Tehrathum, Dhankuta, Bhojpur and Sankhuwasabha districts on Friday. The party’s General Secretary Surya Makhim said the banda was called demanding unconditional release of party cadres arrested during recent protests.
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Capital

RPP-N cadres register complaint at CIAA for medical edu irregularities

Post Report, Sep 05 2015
A corruption case was filed at the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority on Friday, demanding an investigation into alleged bribery at the Supreme Court, Nepal Medical Council and conflict of interests among constitutional bodies while granting affiliations to medical colleges and allocating quotas for MBBS admissions.
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INTERVIEW

Govt should acknowledge the grievances of the Tharus (Update)

Sep 02 2015
Jitendra Narayan Dev, Vice-Chairperson of the MJF-L, spoke to Kamal Dev Bhattarai and Roshan Sedhai about the grievances of the Tharus, possible ways to address the demands of the Madhesis and the Tharus and federalisation of the Tarai.
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Sports

The All Nepal Football Association (Anfa) on Thursday postponed the National League for September 14 owing to the recent political turmoil.

The National League, which is held for the first time in a ‘home and away’ format, was scheduled to resumed on Friday but a meeting between the Anfa and club officials agreed to defer it. “Anfa had to postpone the League due to the fragile political situation in the western and far-western parts of the country,” the football governing body said on its official website.
The Terai belt of Nepal have seen a widespread rioting and violence with Madhes-based parties calling an indefinite strike in protest against the seven-state federal set-up agreed by the three-major political parties.
The government has imposed curfew and mobilised army to aid civilian authorities in various places where violence has hit the worst. At least 23 people have been killed so far in the violence that began with the killing of seven Nepal Police officials in the Far-west district of Kailali.      
The participating clubs have also agreed to continue the League in a ‘home and away’ format as long as the political situation permits. The district clubs have agreed to play all the matches in Kathmandu if the environment in Terai is not conducive for the League.
Far-western FC, Morang FC, Jhapa XI and Lumbini FC are the four Terai based clubs in the League. Jhapa are currently leading the nine-team League with 16 points from eight matches. The League had to be halted due to the April 25 Great Quake in Nepal before it was rescheduled.
Meanwhile, Patan Appellate Court will give its verdict on the case of Anfa’s Annual General Meeting on September 9. The Court had ordered the Anfa to stop its AGM, scheduled for Wednesday, after its officials filed a petition claiming that the body has not followed due process.

Nepal Olympic Committee (NOC) is holding its elections to choose a new leadership on Thursday one month after it was deferred.
NOC was preparing for its elections on August 5 but it had to be postponed for a month after the All Nepal Football Association (Anfa) said it had not met procedures. Thapa had said that he was not given timely written information about the elections.
NOC President Dhruba Bahadur Pradhan had admitted the mistake and responded by postponing the elections and hold it completing the procedures by giving written information to its member associations. Current General Secretary Jeevan Ram Shrestha and vice-president Umesh Lal Shrestha are in the race to be the new president.
Since the list of the candidates was already announced, Jeevan Ram and Umesh Lal will be battling for the two-man duel for the presidency. In a 17-member central committee, a three-way battle is expected with Lama Tendi Sherpa, Chhimi Urken Gurung and Dipraj Gurung filing candidacy. Chatura-nanda Vaidhya and Rajeev Shrestha are vying for the post of joint general secretary.

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