KATHMANDU: Three big parties – Unified CPN –Maoist, Nepali Congress, CPN-UML - have agreed to promulgate the new constitution by May 27 in the wake of the interim order issued by the Supreme Court yesterday.
At the meeting convened at the UCPN-M Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s residence in Lazimpat today morning, the parties have arrived at a consensus to promulgate the new constitution by May 27 incorporating the issues that have been agreed upon while the disputed issues including the state restructuring will be left for the transitional Parliament to sort out, Said NC Vice-president Ram Chandra Paudel after the meeting.
However, the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) has spurned the three-party decision, categorically stating that they would not accept the new constitution sans federalism. The bigwigs of the three parties had held meeting with the UDMF prior to the meeting of the three parties, a source privy to the meeting said.
The political parties are under pressure following the Supreme Court’s decision yesterday that turned down the constitution amendment bill seeking extension of the Constituent Assembly term submitted by the Cabinet. Bigwigs informed that they will come up with a combined draft incorporating the agreed issues today while the disputed issues including the state restructuring will be left for the translational Parliament. The Constitution Assembly term is set to expire within three days.
The four-party meeting is taking place at Singha Durbar at 11 am today.