Civil Societys wake-up call to government

KATHMANDU: Civic Movement for Democracy and Peace (CMDP) today staged a sit-in in front of the western gate of the Constituent Assembly building to give a wake-up call to the government to promulgate the new constitution on the stipulated time frame. The civil activists said it was part of their ongoing 'Civic Satyagraha'.

They were staging sit-in, performing awareness songs and reciting poems at a time when the CA calendar of events was undergoing amendment for the 10th time. Civil activists in one voice urged the government and political parties to come up with the new constitution without missing its delivery date - May 28.

Addressing the meet, Dr Devendra Raj Pandey, who led the protest, said it was meant for exerting pressure on political parties to iron out their differences and exclusively allot their time in promulgating a forward-looking and human rights-friendly constitution within the given time frame as mandated by Jana Andolan- II. They also demanded the government and political parties guarantee the institutional development of the federal democratic system and politics of consensus and abide by the Comprehensive Peace Accord while adopting the constitution. They warned against extending the tenure of the CA.

Earlier, civil activists had staged a 48-hour-long sit-in protest in the same place urging them to pay attention to the fact that the time was running out for the drafting of the statute.