Nembang to delay CA meet for consensus

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Nembang to delay CA meet for consensus

Mar 11, 2015-

Expressing his dismay over the lack of progress in cross-party negotiations, Constituent Assembly (CA) Chairman Subas Nembang has said that he is delaying the CA process for the parties to reach consensus.   

The head of the constitution drafting body said only the resumption of talks among parties could justify the indefinite postponement of majority process. He was of the view that though CA meeting has been postponed till the further notice, CA cannot remain close for indefinite period.  

It has been a month since CA meeting was halted but there is no sign of consensus among the parties. Following suggestions from President Ram Baran Yadav, political parties and civil society members, the CA chairman stopped the majority process to open the door for dialogue among the parties.

Speaking at a programme in the Capital on Wednesday, Nembang said pressure is mounting on him to fix the date for the CA meeting. “I should tell the country and people about the reasons behind the postponement. I cannot wait long for the parties,” said Nembang. But at the same time, he expressed fears that calling the meeting immediately could spoil the environment of talks among the parties.  

According to sources, Nembang will wait until next week for the parties to forge consensus. If consensus remains elusive, he will announce the date of CA meeting to proceed with the voting process on contentious issues of new constitution.

The opposition front has already announced that it will wait until March 15 and will announce the second phase of protest programme if there is no consensus.

Nembang held consultations with President Yadav about the deadlock in the constitution drafting process on Wednesday. The head of state and the CA chair discussed their possible roles in bringing the parties together to resolve the disputed issues. Nembang reportedly requested the President to take initiative to resume dialogue among the parties.

Yadav also asked the CA chair not to call the CA meeting immediately but play a supportive role to bring the opposition parties together. The majority process was postponed indefinitely after the CA meeting endorsed the report submitted by Questionnaire Committee on February 12. There has not been any substantial progress in the cross-party negotiations.

Even the coalition partners are at odds over the CA meeting, with the CPN-UML calling for its immediate resumption while the Nepali Congress insists on waiting for some time to bring the opposition parties on board.


Published: 12-03-2015 09:28

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