3-party panel to prepare sankalpa prastav

KATHMANDU: With a view to ending the prolonged political stalemate, leaders of the UCPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN-UML today formed a three-member team to prepare a consensual draft of the sankalpa prastav.

The team comprises a representative from each of the parties. They include Dev Prasad Gurung of the UCPN-Maoist and Yuvraj Gyawali of the UML. The NC is yet to decide on its representative.

The newly-formed panel is expected to prepare a consensual draft of the sankalpa prastav in a couple of days.

During the meeting held at the parliamentary party office of the Maoists, the leaders also dwelt on the separate proposals on the same prepared by the three parties. The three-member panel was formed after the parties remained adamant on their stances over President Dr Ram Baran Yadav's move of reinstating the then army chief, General Rookmangud Katawal.

The Maoists have been claiming that the President's move was "unconstitutional". While, the NC and UML have been maintaining that the President's move cannot be discussed in Parliament through the sankalpa prastav since the parliamentary regulations do not allow the same.

"When the Prime Minister convened a three-party meeting a few weeks ago, we had agreed in principle to find a way out of the political deadlock. We have realised the fact that we cannot move forward if we stick to our own stances," said UML leader Bharat Mohan Adhikari, adding that there was alternative to a middle path.

He said the parties should explore a middle path to end the imbroglio and pave the way for drafting new constitution. He also expressed hope that the three-member panel would come up with acceptable proposal to all.

Narayankaji Shrestha, vice chairman, UCPN-M, said his party wanted to mention the President's unconstitutional move in one or the other way in the prastav. "But the NC and UML mentioned nothing about our concern in their revised proposal of the sankalpa prastav," he said.

NC spokesperson Arjun Narsingh KC said his party was ready to mention a clause on upholding the civilian supremacy, civilian control over the national army and even removing any ambiguities, if any, in the military law.