CA begins deliberations on CPDCC report on revised draft constitution

KATHMANDU: The Constituent Assembly (CA) has started deliberations on the report prepared by the Constitutional-Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee (CPDCC) that incorporates the public's feedback.

Earlier, CPDCC Chairman Dr Baburam Bhattarai had tabled a proposal seeking deliberations on the report with the proposition for making necessary amendments to the draft Constitution Bill. In response to Dr Bhattarai's proposal, the meeting had allocated three minutes per CA member to put forth their arguments.

The maiden speaker of today's deliberation, Tharuhat Terai Party CA member Gopal Dahit, expressed his qualm over the major parties revoking the achievements of the first CA which were already owned by the parties. He warned of a rebellion if they continued with it.

Another CA member of Nepali Congress Hari Prasad Nepal argued that the new constitution should ensure the religious freedom. He believed that the proposed draft of the constitution would protect the sovereignty, indivisibleness and prestige of Nepal.

UCPN (Maosit) lawmaker Krishna Pokharel, hailing the major parties' idea of federal states and its demarcation as 'scientific' one, suggested that in terms of the appointing the heads of the constitutional bodies like the ambassadors and governors, the Head of the State should appoint them upon the recommendation of the Head of the Government.

Similarly, CA member Krishna Bahadur Mahara stated that he had endorsed the draft of the new constitution critically as it was to be viewed from the viewpoint of national, international and public's choice.

Stating that the UCPN (Maoist) had embraced federalism, republican system, secularism and proportional inclusiveness, Mahara remarked that the issues like 'identity' and 'capabilities' were overlooked while federating the country.

He further said that since Rukum, Myagdi and Baglung district had dominance of the Magar community it would be wiser to incorporate these districts in the Province No 5.

Likewise, Madhesi People's Rights Forum-Democratic lawmaker Jitendra Narayan Dev blamed the major parties for their arbitrary issuance regarding the initial draft of the new constitution made against the agreement in the past after garnering upmost consensus in CA.

He said, "Since the three major political parties have been rejecting almost all of the proposals made by our party, we will be forced to mull again about collaborating hereafter."

Another speaker, Rastriya Prajatantra Party lawmaker Deepak Bohara, speaking of the need to amend and revise the draft on many issues, demanded to decide on the issue on religion through a referendum.