Give PDCC another chance: RPP-N chief

- BINOD GHIMIRE, Kathmandu
Give PDCC another chance: RPP-N chief

Apr 5, 2015-

Amid differences among the ruling parties and the UCPN (Maoist)-led opposition bloc over the resumption of the Constituent Assembly (CA), the Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal (RPP-N) has suggested a middle path--to give a last chance for the Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee (PDCC) to resolve the contentious issues.

The fourth largest party in the CA has asked the ruling parties to defer the CA meeting for one more week to find a common ground. A joint meeting of the party office-bearers and Parliamentary Party has also demanded that the parties devise a new schedule of the CA. The party has further said that all the disputed issues should be put to the vote if the PDCC fails to find a meeting point in a week. The PDCC is led by Maoist leader Baburam Bhattarai.

The CA meeting, adjourned on February 12 to allow more time for the political parties to resolve the contentious issues of the constitution writing, has been called for Monday after the parties failed to reach consensus. The Monday meeting is set to be adjourned without entering into its business, after passing a condolence motion at the demise of former CA member Ram Nath Dhakal.

According to RPP-N Chief Whip Dilnath Giri, party Chairman Kamal Thapa had proposed Prime Minister Sushil Koirala to allow one more week to the PDCC during a meeting and the PM was positive towards it. “I have also raised the issue with CA Chairman Subas Nembang and he too is positive on the proposal,” Giri said.  

The RPP-N meeting has renewed its threat to obstruct the CA unless it is allowed to raise the issues of republicanism, secularism and federalism. The party boycotted the CA after the Questionnaire Committee of the CA denied them to raise questions regarding Hindu state, monarchy and federalism. The party has been demanding that all three issues be put to the vote.

Meanwhile, Thapa said his party will merge with the Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) even if the two parties principally differ over the issue of monarchy. Both the parties will stick to their agenda and a final decision on the issue will be taken by the united general convention, according to him.

“RPP-N won’t leave the agenda of constitutional monarchy, neither will RPP give up republicanism,” Thapa said at an interaction in the Capital on Monday.

“But we will unite the parties and allowing the general convention to decide on the issue.”

Published: 06-04-2015 08:53

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