Ruling parties differ over deadline announcement

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Apr 15, 2015-

The ruling Nepali Congress and CPN-UML remain at odds over the announcement of a new deadline despite having agreed on July 16 in principle, to promulgate the new constitution.

In informal meetings, leaders from both the parties had agreed on promulgating the new constitution before July 16.

Leaders attending the meeting said the UML is in favour of an immediate announcement of the date to start the CA proceedings for resolving disputed issues of new constitution, even through the voting process. The Congress, however, wants to announce the date only after reaching consensus among the major parties and making the first draft of new constitution public.

“We want to announce July 16 as fresh deadline for parties to promulgate new constitution immediately. But the Congress seems not so keen to do that,” said UML Chief Whip Agni Kharel.

The NC and UML leaders have repeatedly discussed on the new date for promulgation of the new constitution.

 Arguing that the NC itself had proposed July 16 as fresh deadline, NC leader Purna Bahadur Khadka insisted on making the announcement only when there is a guarantee that the writing process would be completed on time.

 “Otherwise it will be another instance of public deception. The will only erode parties’ credibility,” said Khadka.

Unconvinced that the tasks would be completed within the set deadline, the NC is adamant in announcing the fresh date only after seeking a firm commitment from the Maoists and consulting with CA Chairman Subas Nembang.

“If our efforts to promulgate new constitution within the set date go futile again, we’ll have to turn our attention to party’s general convention after mid-April. Any further delay in promulgating constitution after announcing the date would not give a positive message to the people,” said Khadka.

After the second CA elections in 2013, the major parties set January 22 as the deadline to promulgate the new constitution. But they failed to deliver on their promise due to differences over state restructuring despite agreeing on the remaining issues.

Having repeatedly missed out on the self-set deadlines, the parties recently turned down the proposal to promulgate the constitution within May 29, the Republic Day, citing time constraint.

Published: 16-04-2015 09:49

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