CA endorses feedback collection plan amid protests from Madhesi parties

KATHMANDU: The Constituent Assembly (CA) on Thursday endorsed the proposal presented by its Committee on Citizen Relations and Public Opinion Collection to take the draft statute to public for their feedback.

Madhes-centric parties, however, opposed the move claiming the CA has been moving against the set procedures.

As soon as the meeting began today, Sadbhawana Party Co-Chairman Laxman Lal Karna, on behalf of Madhesi parties, sought time to speak and claimed that the CA procedures have been violated.

Following his speech, lawmakers from Sadbhawana Party, Federal Socialist Forum Nepal, Tarai Madhes Democratic Party and Tarai Madhes Sadbhawana Party Nepal chanted slogans in front of the rostrum.

Despite the sloganeering, CA Chairman Subas Chandra Nembang asked Committee Chairperson Primila Rana to present the proposal.

The CA, then, passed it through majority voting.

Now, the CA will complete taking people’s feedback by July 23 as per the proposed plan. It will collect feedback by organising programmes from centre to VDC or municipality levels, said sources at the panel.

All-party meetings will be held at local levels and discussions will be organised at all constituencies in the presence representatives of political parties, civil society and other social organisations of local level.

A team of CA members will be deployed to each constituency to participate in the constituency-level discussions, according to sources.

Feedback collection teams will reach out to the people with only one question: What is your say on the draft of new constitution that CA prepared as per your suggestions?

An individual can give feedback through email or on toll free phone number and it will be arranged by the CA Secretariat, according to the proposed plan.

Chief District Officer and Local Development Officer of each district will be mobilised to convene programmes at constituency level and secretaries of VDCs and wards of municipalities will be mobilised to convene discussions at the local levels.

The constitution-writing body had endorsed the first draft of constitution on Tuesday.