Talks from Jan 19 deal: Pun

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Mar 1, 2015-

UCPN (Maoist) Secretary Barshaman Pun has made it clear that his party is ready to hold talks based on the agreements forged on January 19.

The parties had floated several alternative proposals on the issue of federalism, the most disputed issue of constitution writing, that day but disagreement from various quarters led to the eventual miss of the January 22 self-proclaimed deadline to promulgate the new statute.

“Consensus can be forged from the agendas agreed on January 19,” he said in an interaction at the Reporter’s Club, “First it should be ensured that the ongoing majority process is scrapped and commitment is made to draft the constitution based on past agreements.”

The UCPN (M) leader claimed that both the ruling and opposition parties should find a face-saving compromise as it is hard for the ruling parties to scrap the already-initiated voting process, and since the opposition alliance is having difficulties to lead the agitation to its final stage.

“One of the leaders from the opposition alliance, Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar, had tabled a middle-path on January 19. He had proposed issuing the new constitution by forming a federal commission to resolve the debate. But we, then, could not accept the proposal,” said Pun.

During the talk session, Nepali Congress leader Prakash Sharan Mahat said that his party is also ready to resume talks from the January 19 point.

“We had tentatively agreed on the federalism issue despite the row over five districts. We are positive on resuming talks from that point,” he said. Mahat added that NC is ready to hold a local referendum in the disputed five districts--Jhapa, Morang, Sunsari, Kailali and Kanchanpur. “ We as outsiders cannot take a decision for these five districts. Let the locals decide their own fate.”

Vice-chairman of CPN-UML Bhim Rawal said that if opposition parties are ready for talks, the ruling NC and UML are also willing to discuss the current constitution drafting process once again in the Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee of the Constituent Assembly. “Otherwise we will continue with the Questionnaire Committee and go ahead with the majority process.”

Rawal also claimed that NC and UML are ready to expand the government by incorporating additional parties to the Cabinet for the sake of consensus.

“We are ready to increase the size of the government to make it a national government,” he said.


Published: 02-03-2015 08:28

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