Maoists object to NC, UML ‘tough’ take

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jun 21, 2015-

The UCPN (Maoist) has charged that the ruling parties are trying to move ahead against the spirit of the 16-point deal signed on June 8 on the contentious issues of the new constitution.

A meeting of party’s top leaders held at Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s residence in Lazimpat on Sunday concluded that the Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML had taken a tough stance on some minor issues of the new constitution. The main opposition decided to hold “serious negotiations” with the coalition partners on the matter.

The meeting concluded that the two biggest parties were unnecessarily taking a tough position on “pluralism”, structures of the local bodies, and reappointment of the chief justice after constitution promulgation. There have been several rounds of informal talks among the second-rung leaders of the three parties about resolving the issues but there has not been any agreement.

“The tough stance of the NC and the UML on some issues might delay statute-drafting. They have not followed the principle of consensus in the drafting process,” UCPN (Maoist) Vice-chairman Narayan Kaji Shrestha said after the meeting.

The meeting concluded that statute-writing should move ahead despite the court’s stay on the implementation of the 16-point political agreement.  “Though the stay has created some hurdles in statute-drafting, the process should move ahead without difficulty,” the party said, concluding that there would be “more conspiracies to sabotage the process” if there is further delay in constitution promulgation.

The party also expressed dissatisfaction at the ruling parties’ preparations to issue an ordinance to form the Reconstruction Authority. The party is for an independent authority, instead of one led by the prime minister.

Senior leader Baburam Bhattarai has expressed his desire to lead the authority. Maoist leaders warned that such unilateral move would seriously hamper consensus politics and the formation of a national government.

Taskforce unlikely to prepare draft on time

The six-member cross-party taskforce is unlikely to prepare the draft of the new constitution within the given time owing to disputes among the major parties on some issues. The taskforce was mandated to prepare the draft by Monday but there has not been much progress as of Sunday evening. Though the taskforce is working from morning till evening and even on holidays, new disputes have delayed its work.

The Nepali Congress insists that “pluralism” should be incorporated in the preamble of the constitution but the UCPN (Maoist) said it cannot agree on pluralism although it accepts multi-party democracy. Though the 16-point deal settled some vital issues such as federalism, forms of government, judiciary and electoral system, it did not spell out the details.

A taskforce member said the Drafting Committee will provide the panel some more days to prepare the draft.


Published: 22-06-2015 08:09

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