HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Unified CPN-Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and UML chairman Jhalanath Khanal today said that they were positive about the Constituent Assembly reinstatement to promulgate the new constitution.
Talking to a delegation of former CA members separately at their party headquarters in Perisdanda and Balkhu, both leaders said they would take the CA revival issue in their party meetings and all-party meetings as well.
Since the parties are discussing on the same alternative, it is the most probable alternative that the parties might agree upon, Dahal told reporters after the meeting with delegation.
“Nepali Congress and UML top leaders have told me during one-to-one meetings that the CA’s revival is one of the best alternatives. I am also not averse to this alternative and will take the agenda at my party’s plenum, which will start from tomorrow and at the all party meeting,” delegation member and NC’s former CA member Shobhakar Parajuli quoted Dahal as saying.
Dahal said that he was positive to the CA revival in the capacity of the largest party and suggested the delegation to put pressure on NC and UML for the same alternative. The delegation members had urged Dahal to forge consensus among the parties on the same alternative as ‘it is only the best and legitimate alternative’, Parajuli added.
“Our party moved ahead the process of managing the combatants with the good intention of promulgating the new constitution. Although the party was split due to the same reason, other parties are not being able to understand it. The constitution could not be promulgated as Congress and UML did not agree on our concerns of state restructuring. We are ready to resume the process again,” Dahal said.
The Unified CPN-Maoist chairman said if the parties agree on the unsettled issues of the new constitution, then his party would go for CA revival and there was no dispute on the party about the alternative.
Reiterating that the former CA members did not have any hand on the CA dissolution, the UCPN-M boss said that the top leaders of major parties were to be held responsible for the dissolution.
“You, the former CA members completed your part of job from different thematic committees and thus you are not guilty,” Dahal said, adding, “Our party will take positive initiative to settle the remaining issues and revive the CA to promulgate the new constitution.”
Meanwhile, UML chairman Khanal, according to delegation member Parajuli, said that the CA revival was the best alternative among the three ones as suggested by the Supreme Court. “There is no ground for fresh polls and referendum at the present situation. The third and appropriate alternative is CA revival. I will take the issue to my party as formal agenda and at all-party meeting,” Khanal told the delegation according to Parajuli.
Parajuli informed that around 60 former lawmakers of 12 political parties including the UCPN-M, NC, UML, CPN-Maoist, Rastriya Prajatantra Party and Unified Madhesi Front affiliated parties were included in the delegation.