Maoist alliance to set singular position on statute

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jun 30, 2014-

The alliance of five Maoist parties on Monday assigned its taskforce to prepare a common document on key contents of the new constitution such as federalism, forms of governance and right to self-determination.

UCPN (Maoist), CPN-Maoist, CPN (Maoist), Revolutionary Communist Party and CPN (United) announced their alliance on Saturday to “fight for a pro-people constitution with progressive restructuring of the state”. They have also demanded self-determination right for federal states against the view of the ruling Nepali Congress and CPN-UML—two largest parties in the Constituent Assembly. Leaders of the five parties say despite their ideological differences, they stand together on contentious issues of the constitution.

The parties are preparing to hit the streets to press the government to incorporate their agenda in the constitution being drafted. A meeting of the alliance also decided to hold a debate nationwide on the challenges of drafting a pro-people constitution.

In a meeting in Kathmandu on Monday, Revolutionary Communist Party General Secretary Mani Thapa said a symposium titled “possibilities and challenges in drafting a pro-people federal constitution’ will be held on July 9.

“We will start discussion on the contentious issues of the constitution,” taskforce member and CPN-Maoist Secretary Dev Gurung confirmed.

Only the UCPN (Maoist) is in the CA. The other four parties had boycotted the second CA elections.

UCPN (Maoist), the largest party in the previous CA, was relegated to the third position in the CA elections of November, 2013.


Published: 01-07-2014 08:52

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