HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai today said the Constituent Assembly was dissolved without adopting a constitution because of difference on the issue of identity-based federalism.
“Two viewpoints arose regarding identity-based federalism leading to the ultimate dissolution of the Assembly without promulgating the statute,” PM Bhattarai told US Ambassador Scott H DeLisi at the PM’s Office this afternoon.
“It’s unfortunate that the statue drafting process came to an end,” the PM’s personal website quoted Bhattarai as telling the envoy.
Parties were divided on single or multi-identity based federalism in the new statute that witnessed a violent three-day national strike called by Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) on the eve of the May 27 deadline.
Bhattarai also said the announcement of yet another CA election on November 22 was the government’s compulsion as renewing the Assembly’s tenure after May 27 was not possible.
Responding to DeLisi’s query as to how Nepal would find its path ahead, the PM said political parties would now have to move ahead on the path of peace, statute and democracy through working out consensus.