Leaders happy to pass the buck

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Leaders happy to pass the buck

Jan 22, 2015-

Despite their commitment, the parties failed to deliver the new constitution on Thursday. Leaders of major parties have blamed one another for the missed deadline. While Maoist Chairman Dahal apologised for the failure, UML Chairman Oli said the second CA will not be a failure. Nepali Congress leader Deuba said voting is a must to ensure the statute soon

‘Maoists did not agree’

Voting process is the compulsion of the ruling parties to ensure a new statute soon. It is a normal course in democracy. MJF-Loktantrak Chairman Bijaya Gachhadar proposed a federal commission to sort the demarcation of federal states. His proposal was positive but UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal did not agree. The proposal of the ruling parties on federalism is a win-win formula for all. We have prepared the proposal for the sake of compromise among the parties. Absolute consensus in CA is impossible. The CA process remains obstructed. What if other parties such as RPP-Nepal do the same?

Sher Bahadur Deuba

Nepali Congress senior

‘This Assembly won’t fail’

The second CA will not be a failure despite its inability to come up with the constitution within a year of its formation. The CA was elected for four years. One year has elapsed but we will come up with the constitution before its term expires. The parties could not reach a conclusion on disputed issues of the new constitution as the Maoists continued to stick to their guns, threatening  geographical integration, cultural and social harmony. We have been adopting maximum patience so far, but would come up firmly in the days ahead and complete the constitution writing process at any cost. The Maoist attack on the CA chairman and leaders of ruling parties explains their unruly and undemocratic behaviour.

KP Sharma Oli

CPN-UML chairman

‘Foiled regressive statute’

Our alliance foiled an attempt of the ruling parties to issue a regressive and status-quoist constitution. We apologise to the people for the failure to deliver the constitution on January 22. It was our commitment too to bring out the constitution but we could not due to the arrogance of the ruling parties. We did not allow them to bring out a regressive constitution against past agreements. We held talks to build consensus as we had agreed on three issues in principle but the ruling parties did not agree. We reached accord on judiciary, electoral model and decided to go ahead with a note of dissent on the forms of government. On federalism, we proposed to settle the row within a month. Accordingly, we proposed to issue a political commitment to the people but the ruling parties refused.

Pushpa Kamal Dahal

UCPN (Maoist) chairman


Published: 23-01-2015 09:32

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