Prez asks parties to tread consensus path

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Prez asks parties to tread consensus path

Jan 30, 2015-

As the ruling and opposition parties are at loggerheads over the way to resolve the disputed issues of the constitution writing process, President Ram Baran Yadav reiterated his call for consensus on Friday.

A day before a scheduled meeting of the Questionnaire Committee, he asked the opposition parties to prioritise national interests and settle disputed issues even by resorting to a give and take.

According to President’s aide Lalit Basnet, Yadav conveyed the message to Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Lok-tantrik Chairman Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar at Sheetal Niwas.

Of late, the head of state has increased his consultation with the major political parties, suggesting middle path to avoid confrontation. He has urged Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, CPN-UML Chief KP Sharma Oli and CA Chairman Subas Nembang to bring the opposition alliance led by the UCPN (Maoist) on board the constitution drafting process.

In his bid to pacify the opposition forces, he has urged Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal not to leave the CA process and seek consensus within it.

“The President stresses that constitution drafting can conclude only when the major forces are together. He believes that the efforts being made are not enough for consensus,” said Surya Dhungel, President’s legal advisor.

But the ruling parties are not convinced with consensus formula as several rounds of talks had failed to build consensus earlier.

The ruling parties, which command two-thirds majority in the 601-member CA, have geared up for resolving the disputes through vote.

“We need to take him seriously but the President

should understand that mere lip service for consensus has not been productive,” said Nepali Congress Vice-president Ram Chandra Poudel. Opposition parties view the President’s stance in a good light.

Published: 31-01-2015 09:45

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