HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The standing committee meeting of the CPN-UML today condemned Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai’s unilateral decision to hold fresh elections for another Constituent Assembly, calling it an “arbitrary and unconstitutional move that violates the spirit of the historical people’s movement, Comprehensive Peace Accord and the Interim Constitution”.
Before the standing committee meeting, party leaders consulted legal experts regarding the constitutionality of the PM’s move to hold fresh CA election on November 22.
Issuing a press statement, UML chairman Jhala Nath Khanal said the constitution drafting process could not conclude as the UCPN-Maoist, the largest political force in the CA, backtracked from the five-point deal reached among the four major political forces on May 15.
The May 15 deal had decided that the new constitution could be promulgated by May 27, integrating the agreed constitutional issues and the remaining unsettled ones could be left to the transitional parliament to decide.
“But the Maoist leadership did not agree to promulgate the new constitution incorporating the agreed issues and leaving the unsettled ones to the transitional parliament,” Khanal said in a statement. He added that although there was a way to go to the people keeping intact the elected institution, the Maoist side chose to hold fresh elections, creating a constitutional and political vacuum.
He said the government had already lost its constitutional and political relevance. “We therefore demand that a national consensus government be formed as per the Interim Constitution and the letter and spirit of the people’s movement,” he said. Khanal, however, said the party would face the election to draft a democratic constitution. Khanal called upon all to maintain national unity, communal harmony, democratic values and constitutionalism.
The UML also held a meeting with the Nepali Congress to take stock of the unfolding political scenario and to work out a joint strategy against the UCPN-Maoist.
KATHMANDU: Rastriya Janamorcha Nepal on Monday organised a protest at Shantibatika against the dissolution of the CA. At the programme, RJN President Chitra Bahadur KC said the UCPN-Maoist and Madhesi parties caused dissolution of the CA as they remained adamant on ethnic states.
“The government should step down as it is unconstitutional. There should be a consensus-based interim government,” added KC, adding his party will withdraw support to the government. Infighting among big parties has landed the country in a difficult situation, he said, addingthat perils of ethnic federalism have been warded off for now.
Major parties slammed
KATHMANDU: Chairman of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal (RPP-Nepal) Kamal Thapa on Wednesday accused the major political parties — the UCPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and the United Democratic Madhesi Front — of betraying the people by failing to deliver the constitution. Addressing a press meet at the RPP-Nepal central office Baluwatar, Thapa said his party deplores the parties, who committed a grave crime by killing the historic Constituent Assembly.
Thapa said the CA got dissolved due to the greed for power among major political parties and welcomed the government’s declaration for a fresh mandate.
The RPP-N leader also called for an impartial and fearless election.