Madhes parties burn copies of statute draft

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Madhes parties burn copies of statute draft

Jul 1, 2015-

Madhes based parties burnt copies of the preliminary draft of the constitution presented in the Constituent Assembly, at the Capital on Wednesday.

The United Madhesi Democratic Alliance, a four party alliance, has been objecting some provisions of the 16-point agreement, based on which the draft was prepared.

The protesters, who were seen holding party flags, except for the flag of Upendra Yadav-led Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum Nepal, chanted slogans against the ruling parties. Chairpersons of all the alliance parties were, however, not present during the protest.

The disgruntled alliance came down heavily upon the preliminary draft and warned of stern protests if major political parties failed to address their demands.

Laxman Lal Karna, vice chairperson of Nepal Sadbhawana Party said they would not own the constitution unless amendments are made.

The alliance of Tarai Madhes Loktantrik Party, Sanghiya Samajwadi Forum Nepal, Tarai Madhes Sadbhawana Party and Nepal Sadbhawana Party has been demanding that the country be federated into 11 provinces as recommended by the State Restructuring Commission formed in 2012, not into eight provinces as agreed in the 16-point deal.

It has also been urging major parties to set the names and demarcation of provinces through the Constituent Assembly and not through a commission, which they argue is against the Interim Constitution.

The Supreme Court on June 19, responding to a writ filed by former Nepali ambassador to Denmark Vijaya Kant Karna and Rita Shah, a Madhesi activist, had issued an interim order to temporarily halt implementation of the 16-point agreement.

According to advocate Dipendra Jha, lawyers are preparing to register a contempt of court against Constituent Assembly Chairman Subas Nembang, CA members and Constitution Drafting Committee Chairman Krishna Prasad Sitaula for ignoring the court order.

Meanwhile, cadres of Madhes based parties also burnt copies of the draft constitution in Rupandehi and Parsa. Addressing a gathering at Birgunj, Upendra Yadav demanded that their issues be incorporated in the constitution.

Published: 02-07-2015 07:43

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