Parties agree to send all PDCC issues to Constituent Assembly

  • Constitution writing
- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Nov 22, 2014-

The UCPN (Maoist) has agreed to forward the joint proposal of the ruling parties on the contentious issues of the statute drafting process to the Constituent Assembly on the condition that the disputes are not put to vote in the CA, interlocutors have said.

Political leaders, however, are undecided about the course to follow if the issues are not settled by discussion in the Assembly--whether to return the disputes to the Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee or to decide them by a vote.

Along with the joint agenda of the Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML, positions of all the parties on the outstanding issues will also be tabled in the CA for deliberation.

In a high-level meeting of the three major parties held at the prime minister’s residence in Baluwatar, the opposition party was assured that there would be no immediate vote on their proposal.

“There has been some progress. Things will be clear at the PDCC meeting on Sunday,” Committee Chairman Baburam Bhattarai said after the meeting. PM Sushil Koirala’s press coordinator Prakash Adhikari said the parties had agreed to forward all the proposals that the PDCC has received.

Before finalising the deal, the Maoist party has said it needs to seek the mandate of the 22-party opposition alliance that it leads. The bloc will meet on Sunday morning and a PDCC decision in the regard is expected to follow.

“The PDCC will possibly decide to forward the proposal to the Assembly,” said CA Chairman Subas Nembang, who attended the three-party meeting. Serious differences among the parties have caused indefinite postponement of the meeting of the PDCC, a committee mandated to settle contentious issues of constitution-writing.

Earlier in the day, Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal asked Prime Minister Koirala to take steps to prevent confrontation among the parties and prepare the new constitution in consensus.

Dahal said that Koirala had confessed to have made a mistake by engaging in a signature campaign. During a news conference at the Maoist party office Perisdanda, party spokesman Dina Nath Sharma said the political forces should seek alternatives to the self-imposed January 22 constitution promulgation deadline as it would be near-impossible to deliver the new national charter by the date.

Published: 23-11-2014 09:22

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