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CA recess not beyond Saturday: DPM Gautam
Feb 22, 2015-
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Bam Dev Gautam has said the Constituent Assembly cannot wait for the opposition parties to sit for dialogue after February 28.
Receiving a memorandum from the Reporters’ Club at the Home Ministry on Sunday, Gautam clarified that the CA will then gear up for voting to decide the disputed issues of the constitution writing process. Upon requests from the opposition parties led by the UCPN-Maoist, the CA meeting was postponed sine die on February 12. No talks, however, have taken place between the ruling and opposition parties in the period.
“We still want a solution through talks,” said Gautam. “But we cannot hold the nation hostage to indecision.” Claiming that many forces were trying to make the CA a failure, he said the ruling parties would not let them succeed.
Political leaders should not deprive the people of the constitution for long, he said. Gautam, who is also a vice-chairman of the ruling CPN-UML, said the agitating parties should not present any precondition to talks.
The government is ready for talks anywhere, anytime, he said. Refuting the opposition charges that the ruling parties do not want talks, he said, “If we were against talks, we would not invite them for the same.”
The opposition alliance has been protesting the formation of the Proposal Drafting Committee in the CA to draft a questionnaire on the key disputes for voting in the Assembly. The parties have been demanding that the issues should be decided through dialogue in consensus, not by voting.
Published: 23-02-2015 07:20