Tell judiciary to show restraint, Nembang to Prez

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Tell judiciary to show restraint, Nembang to Prez

Jun 22, 2015-

Constituent Assembly (CA) Chairman Subas Nembang has said that all state organs should respect the jurisdictions of one another.

In his meeting with President Ram Baran Yadav on Monday, Nembang said that the CA is aware about its duties and limitations, and urged the head of the state to advise the judiciary to keep a similar attitude. Nembang was hinting towards the Supreme Court’s stay on the implementation of the 16-point cross-party agreement that was reached on the night of June 8 to expedite the constitution drafting works.

Noting that the court’s stay order has created confusion in the constitution drafting process, Nembang told Yadav that all three state organs—executive, legislative and judicial—should always consider their limitations. Nembang was of the view that the judiciary should maintain restraint at the time of political transition.

He told the President that the four major political parties had reached the deal, respecting the opinion expressed by the court as well as people over the delay in statute promulgation. The CA chairman also told the President that the constitution drafting process would move head despite the court’s stay.

“Constituent Assembly is capable of taking any decisions regarding the issues of new constitution. We are performing our duties,” Nembang later told reporters.

Rajendra Dahal, the President’s press adviser, said the President is in favour of balanced relations among the key state organs and a constitution issued based on a broad consensus. The President made his view clear in his meeting with CA Chairman Nembang, Dahal said.

“The President said that there should be balanced relations among the key state organs and they should work together for the well-being of the nation,” Dahal said.

The CA’s Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) has not halted the task of preparing the preliminary draft of new constitution despite the court’s stay. A six-member taskforce has been formed under Nepali Congress General Secretary Krishna Prasad Sitaula to get the job done.

Although the taskforce was instructed to submit its integrated report by Monday, it could not do so because of the dispute among the parties on some of the issues of the constitution.

Sitaula has said that the taskforce will come up with the draft by Wednesday. “We are consulting with top leaders of major parties to settle the contentious issues and submit the report at the earliest,” Sitaula said.

After the taskforce has prepared the integrated report, the CDC plans to present the draft in the full House CA by the end of this month.

‘Statute should not be barred’

Janakpur: CPN-UML leader Madhav Kumar has said the constitution drafting process should not be obstructed from any side.

Any obstruction in the execution of an agreement on constitution-drafting reached among four political parties would yield no good results, he said. Inaugurating a building of New Youth Library at Nathpatti VDC in Dhanusha district on Monday, Nepal said, “ People are frustrated with the delay in constitution promulgation. The country will head towards prosperity once it gets the constitution.” Nepal further said that though it was not possible to draft the constitution at the consent of all political parties, it should ensure yes votes from majority of the parties.  (RSS)

Published: 23-06-2015 08:07

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