Oppn to continue CA obstruction

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Oppn to continue CA obstruction

Jan 23, 2015-

The UCPN (Maoist)-led alliance of opposition parties has decided to continue the obstruction of the Constituent Assembly. To pile pressure on the ruling Nepali Congress and CPN-UML, they have also decided to give continuity to their protests outside of the CA.

A meeting of the 19-party alliance held at Singha Durbar on Friday reached the decision to foil the ruling parties’ attempt to move ahead with the voting process. The participants of the meeting also concluded that their protest in the CA on Thursday was successful in thwarting the ruling Nepali Congress and CPN-UML from forming the Questionnaire Committee to initiate the voting process.

UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal urged the alliance partners to remain united, cautioning that the ruling parties were conspiring to divide the opposition forces in the CA. Dahal accused UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli of spoiling the environment for consensus among the parties. Earlier, he had held Prime Minister Sushil Koirala responsible.

The Maoist chairman also told the meeting participants what had transpired between NC and UML on Thursday’s CA meeting and why Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (Loktantrik) Chairman Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar proposed sending the agreed issues of constitution writing to the CA Drafting Committee and settling the dispute on state restructuring later. UCPN (Maoist) had rejected the proposal.

NC and UML had also rejected the Maoist proposal that the parties should make a political commitment to resolve the contentions, instead of sending the agreed issues to the Drafting Committee. After ruling and opposition parties could not able to reach any understanding, the self imposed deadline for constitution promulgation on Thursday expired without producing any convincing document.

The opposition alliance has also decided to brief the Kathmandu-based diplomats and representatives of international community about the latest political situation and where they stand on constitution drafting process. However, the alliance has not decided on the date yet. The government had briefed the international community about its position on constitution writing on Thursday. It had said that consensus and voting process would go hand in hand, and that voting process would be initiated if all efforts for consensus fail.

The UCPN (Maoist)-led alliance has also demanded a new working calendar for constitution writing.

‘No talks until agitation is withdrawn’

The ruling parties have decided not to start fresh negotiations with the opposition bloc as long as it obstructs the Constituent Assembly.

A meeting of 10 parties including the Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML on Friday concluded that it was futile to hold dialogue unless the agitating parties allow the formation of the Questionnaire Committee to resolve the disputed issues of the constitution writing process.

The ruling alliance claimed that the act of the opposition parties had made it clear that they do not want a new constitution and their protest for “consensus is a ploy to deceive the people”. It has termed the protest as undemocratic and premeditated. Speaking to the media after the meeting, UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli said it had been a blunder to give the chair of the CA’s Political Dialogue and Dialogue Committee to the Maoists.

“We were mistaken to believe that the Maoists had corrected themselves,” said Oli. He charged that the sole intention of the Maoist-led alliance was to defer the constitution promulgation deadline and that they were proud of what they had done. The alliance later met CA Chairman Subas Nembang and asked him to take a decisive step to create an environment to table the proposal to form the Questionnaire Committee.

Published: 24-01-2015 09:15

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