9-point joint proposal a mistake: Nepal

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
9-point joint proposal a mistake: Nepal

Jan 26, 2015-

A day after Constituent Assembly Chairman Subas Nembang formed the Questionnaire Committee, a CPN-UML senior leader said the ruling coalition had made a mistake by tabling its nine-point proposal at the Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee earlier.

“The proposal [mainly for seven-state federation and reformed parliamentary system] that the Nepali Congress and the UML tabled was a mistake,” said former Prime Minister and senior UML leader Madhav Kumar Nepal at an interaction on Monday. “We submitted the joint proposal in haste which infuriated the opposition.” He said the parties cannot backtrack on consensus and the constitution should be drafted in accord. Nepal’s remarks, according to analysts, indicate that not everyone in the party supports the hardline approach of UML Chairman KP Oli. While Oli talks tough, Nepal has been quietly reaching out to opposition leaders, including UCPN (Maoist) chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal.

Sources say a section of UML leaders was not happy with the proposal as it “does not represent people’s aspirations for change”.

“We had been raising our voice against the party’s compromise on the forms of government,” a Standing Committee (SC) member of the party told the Post.

Some leaders of the party are in favour of taking both talks and the voting process together to bring the agitating parties on board the constitution drafting process. “We should focus on compromise even after starting the process,” said the SC member.

Nepal’s statement comes at a time when relations between the ruling and opposition parties have soured. The root of the current political deadlock is the nine-point joint proposal, said Nepal, adding that the Maoist and Madhes-based parties were suspicious of the NC-UML move.

For consensus, Nepal said the proposal floated by Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (Loktantrik) Chairman Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar on January 22 could be a basis. He wants the parties to start fresh negotiations on the basis of Gachhadar’s idea to forward the agreed agendas to the Drafting Committee while the most disputed issue of federalism could be decided later.

Nepal said the opposition had been successful in foiling the January 22 statute promulgation deadline by backtracking on the agreed issues.

Published: 27-01-2015 09:08

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