Over 300 MPs push for voting procedure

  • NC, UML to table proposal for preparing preliminary draft
- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Over 300 MPs push for voting procedure

Jan 11, 2015-

More than 300 ruling party lawmakers have joined in a signature campaign, demanding the Constituent Assembly Chairman Subas Nembang start voting procedures for resolving the disputed issues of new constitution to ensure timely statute.

The lawmakers’ move comes at a time when the ruling Nepali Congress and CPN-UML are set to table another proposal for preparing a preliminary draft on the basis of their suggestions submitted earlier at the Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee of the Constituent Assembly.

The ruling party lawmakers, along with smaller parties, have intensified their campaign to garner support of two-thirds majority in the 601-member CA.

“More than 300 lawmakers have already signed. We want to make it above 400,” said UML lawmaker Prakash Jwala, who is leading the campaign. If the PDCC hesitates to do so, ruling party leaders say, the CA chairman should instruct the Drafting Committee to prepare a draft.

“The PDCC should table a proposal to prepare the preliminary draft even if there is no agreement on the contents,” said NC General Secretary Krishna Prasad Sitaula.

He said the draft could be prepared on the basis of the nine-point joint proposal submitted earlier by the NC and UML to the PDCC.

“The PDCC can continue with its task of forging consensus even after the draft is put out,” he added.

The lawmakers plan to submit the signatures to the CA chairman asking him to start the voting procedures on disputed issues--federalism, forms of government, judiciary and electoral system--for timely promulgation of the constitution.

“Unless the parties forge consensus by tomorrow evening, we will go ahead and submit the signatures to the Speaker on Tuesday morning,” said Jwala.

The CA Chairman has returned the disputed issues to the PDCC, asking the top leaders to give a last crack at forging consensus on the issues. Both the ruling and opposition parties are struggling to settle the issues at the political level, with the rival camps collecting signatures separately.  

The ruling lawmakers have united under the banner “Pressure Campaign for Constitution” and are preparing for a sit-in on the CA premises. They have already met their respective party leaderships and the CA chairman, asking to promulgate the new constitution within January 22 as committed in the CA regulation and parties’ election manifestos. The lawmakers have come under fire from several quarters for failing to draft the new constitution as per the set timetable.

Gagan Thapa, Madan Amatya, Bahadur Singh Lama, Indra Baniya, Raju Khanal, Sarita Prasai and Jwala from the Congress and Rajan Bhattarai, Karna Bahadur Thapa, Sher Bahadur Tamang, Janardan Dhakal and Garima Shah of the UML are among the CA members involved in the campaign also backed  by lawmakers from the Rastriya Prajatantra Party and CPN-ML.

Published: 12-01-2015 09:15

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