HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: A majority of former Constituent Assembly members of Nepali Congress today demanded reinstatement of the dissolved Constituent Assembly (CA) through consensus among political parties to complete the remaining tasks of the CA and promulgate the new constitution.
Out of 114 former CA members, 62 made the demand at a gathering at Ananda party palace in Bhimsengola.
The former lawmakers said reinstatement of the CA, which doubles as the Legislature Parliament, should be only till the promulgation of the new constitution.
“The parties should forge consensus on unsettled issues prior to reinstatement and the reinstated CA can promulgate the new constitution and side by side the parliament can amend the constitution to make the fresh parliamentary elections constitutional and legitimate,” said Shobhakar Parajuli, one of the signatories, who demanded the reinstatement.
Parliament is the only legal body to amend the constitution and the body can only be reinstated through a political decision. The President can declare the reinstatement of the CA on the recommendation of a national consensus government, he said.
“The abrupt dissolution of the CA has created constitutional and political vacuum in the country. As it is an abnormal situation, only a political decision to be taken by political parties can bring the country back on the legal track,” said a joint statement issued by the former lawmakers.
Another participant at the gathering, former CA member Mohan Prasad Pande said that lawmakers would move ahead the reinstatement campaign by consulting former lawmakers of other parties. “We will also take the issue to the leaders of all political parties,” he said.
Parajuli claimed that around 100 Congress lawmakers supported the reinstatement. “Senior leaders Sher Bahadur Deuba and Gopal Man Shrestha have publicly spoken in support of reinstatement. Party president Sushil Koirala has also assured he will take the issue to the party’s Central Working Committee,” said Parajuli.