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Voting last resort: Oli
- ‘No new govt before statute promulgation’
Jan 19, 2015-
CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli said on Monday the voting process would start in the CA to deliver the new constitution with the major parties failing to produce the statute in consensus.
Addressing party cadres in the Capital, the chief of the second largest party accused the opposition UCPN (Maoist) of prolonging the constitution writing process in the name of consensus and finally backtracking on agreements.
Oli blamed Maoist leaders for the failure to resolve the disputes, adding that the ruling parties now had no alternative but to promulgate the constitution with majority votes. He added that the Maoist backtracking on its commitments had caused the talks to fail.
Oli ruled out the possibility of immediate change in government, clarifying that his party’s support would continue to the coalition government led by the Nepali Congress. Oli is widely believed to be waiting for his chance to be the country’s PM after the January 22 constitution promulgation deadline.
“Our support to the government will continue until the task of constitution writing is over,” he added. Prior to the formation of the Sushil Koirala-led government last year, there had been an agreement between the two largest parties to complete constitution writing within a year and change the government leadership.
Referring to the perceived attempts to provoke Janajati lawmakers and detach Hills from the Tarai, Oli said such efforts would fail. Senior UML leader Jhala Nath Khanal said the statute would be promulgated within a couple of months after the voting process begins. Another leader Madhav Kumar Nepal asked the opposition to support the ruling parties in promulgating the constitution on time even by registering their notes of dissent, if any.
Published: 20-01-2015 12:31