PRAKASH ACHARYA & ARJUN BHANDARI
KATHMANDU: At a time when general people are expecting leaders to come up with a new constitution by the midnight and different indigenous and ethnic groups are waiting big guns to address their concerns in the new statute, senior leaders of political parties have started saying that the possibility to promulgate the charter has ended.
“There is no chance of any breakthrough. We will not get a new constitution today,” said Maoist leader Dev Gurung, emerging from the meeting of leaders of UCPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress (NC), CPN-UML, and Constituent Assembly (CA) Chairman Subash Nembang at Singha Durbar.
Senior leader of the CPN-UML K P Oli also said that talks are heading towards uncertainty and the Constituent Assembly is on the verge of dissolution.
According to Gurung, now talks are underway on how to manage the transitional period without the CA.
"Chances of promulgation of new constitution have ended," Maoist leader Post Bahadur Bogati said, pointing finger at the United Democratic Madhesi Morcha and the Nepali Congress for the failure to forge consensus on disputed issues.
We asked to take the issues for voting but efforts were made to build up agreement outside, he said, "But both the Madhesi Morcha and the Nepali Congress did not show readiness to agree upon some issues."
If the parties failed to promulgate the new statute by today;s deadline, the CA will be dissolved automatically.
UCPN-Maoist has already floated the suggestion among the parties to go for fresh polls.