PDCC consensus report on statute reaches CA

  • CA to ask Drafting Committee to put issues together
- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jun 11, 2015-

The Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee (PDCC) on Thursday submitted a consensus report on the disputed statute agendas to the Constituent Assembly. This clears the way for preparing the first draft of the new constitution.

The report presented by PDCC Chair Baburam Bhattarai will be forwarded to the Drafting Committee after deliberation in the full House on Friday. The Drafting Committee headed by Nepali Congress leader Krishna Prasad Sitaula will have to prepare the first draft of the constitution within 15 days.

As the Drafting Committee has already put together the agreed upon issues, it will not take much time to come up with the draft. The first draft will be taken to the people for feedback.

Though the parties have agreed to start the drafting process, some minor provisions of preamble remain unsettled. The parties agreed to continue negotiations on the contentious issues while the draft is readied.

The parties were divided over some provisions of the preamble. The NC took a stance that “pluralism” should be incorporated into the constitution, which the UCPN (Maoist) opposed.

The parties were split over how to describe “Maoist insurgency” in the new constitution: the Maoists want to term it “people’s war” while the NC and the CPN-UML say it may be called “armed insurgency”. The parties also debated terms such as “inclusive” and “proportional representation of oppressed and marginalised communities”.

The parties discussed the issues the whole day. Four major parties--NC, UML, UCPN (Maoist) and Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Loktantrik--sealed a 16-point deal on Monday, clearing hurdles on the road to the new constitution.

Four Madhes-based parties--MJF-Nepal, Sadbhawana Party, Tarai Madhes Loktantrik Party and Tarai Madhes Sadbhawana Party--registered a note of dissent in the PDCC report. The fourth largest Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal, which is opposed to the secular state and the republican order, also registered a note of dissent.

Published: 12-06-2015 07:26

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