HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Nepali Congress leader Ram Sharan Mahat today said elections for the Constituent Assembly should not be held for the second time. Addressing an interaction, NC leader Mahat suggested there should be elections for the Parliament of a smaller size with the authority to promulgate the constitution. Only the First-Past-the-Post (FPTP) system should be adopted in the elections, he argued, stressing the need to make it inclusive.
Mahat blamed the Unified CPN-Maoist and the United Democratic Madheshi Front for the Constituent Assembly’s failure to deliver the constitution. “Now, the constitution-making process will have to start from scratch,” he said. Driven by the greed for power, the Maoist party rejected all possible alternatives to save the CA’s achievements and hold fresh elections through constitutional amendment, Mahat maintained. He said only a national unity government can hold fresh elections.
Prime Minister’s chief political adviser Devendra Paudel said the President can call the political parties to form a national consensus government in line with the interim constitution. The President’s statement that reminded the PM’s caretaker status is natural, he said.