CA meeting postponed

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jun 4, 2015-

The Constituent Assembly (CA) meeting has been postponed for Monday after the major parties demanded additional time to forge consensus on contentious issues of the new constitution.

Earlier, top leaders of Nepali Congress, CPN-UML, UCPN (Maoist) and Madhes-based parties told CA Chairman Subas Nembang in a meeting that they are heading towards consensus and require a couple of days to come up with final framework of agreement.

However, a press statement issued by CA secretariat states that the meeting was postponed as CA members are busy providing relief in earthquake-hit districts. The CA meeting called for last Thursday was also cancelled after parties committed to reach a consensus on disputed issues of the statute drafting process within four days.

The CA has not made any progress after it endorsed questionnaires on eight disputed contentious issues on February 12. Before the April 25 earthquake, Congress and UML were preparing to move ahead on the basis of two-third majority in the CA. With this, the opposition parties were boycotting the CA meet demanding that the statute should be promulgated only on the basis of consensus. However, after the disaster, the four political forces are preparing to move on the basis of consensus.

If parties reach an agreement, the Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee (PDCC) led by UCPN (Maoist) leader Baburam Bhattarai will reactivated. The PDCC will present report to the CA meeting before it is forwarded to the Drafting Committee for preparing a preliminary draft.

Published: 05-06-2015 08:14

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