HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala today said his party is not against federalism but is opposed to single ethnic identity based federalism because it can lead to ethnic clashes in the country.
Addressing an interaction organised on “Nepal’s Current Political Scenario and Future Roadmap’ organised by the Centre for Consolidation of Democracy here today, he said the current political mess was the creation of the Unified CPN-Maoist’s continued politics of deceit and treachery for which they were being badly exposed among the national and international communities. The NC leader, however, said there was no alternative to consensus, collaboration and dialogue.
Koirala said the current movement against the UCPN-M was a movement of democracy against Maoist autocracy.
NC Vice President Ram Chandra Paudel said the NC was ready to extend the tenure of the CA even by imposing emergency and went to the Prime Minister’s Office for final dialogue for the same on the night of May 27 but was rebuffed by UCPN-M Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal.
“Had the Maoists wanted, the CA could have been saved, but they decided to dissolve it because they want to remain in power indefinitely and unchecked,” Paudel argued.
“This is a fight of democracy versus Maoist autocracy. We are witnessing Maoist autocracy after the demise of monarchy,” Paudel said.
Another NC leader Ram Sharan Mahat wondered why the UCPN-M and United Democratic Madhesi Front who chose single ethnic identity based federalism for the hills and mountains did not apply the same principle to Madhes.
Another NC leader Ram Sharan Mahat said the government’s decision to dissolve the CA was done with malafide intention to remain in power indefinitely. He said a new constitution should now be framed by parliament whose strength should be 200-300 and they should be elected directly from their constituencies, not on the basis of proportional representation.
KATHMANDU: Senior Advocate Harihar Dahal said there was no alternative to CA elections for two reasons: firstly the Supreme Court had clearly said there should be fresh CA elections and secondly, it is a mandate of the Janaandolan of 2006 . Dahal said the other two options — resurrection of the CA and formation of a Constitutional Commission — were not practical. He argued that revival of the CA was not possible because it contradicted the SC verdict. “If we form a Constitutional Commission and tell the next parliament to put a seal on a constitution prepared by the commission, it will curtail the right of the sovereign parliament,” Dahal said. — HNS