Minister Rijal urges not to boycott CA meeting

KATHMANDU: Minister for Information and Communications, Dr Minendra Rijal, has called all political parties to involve in the journey of prosperity by ending political tussle.

Taking part in the ongoing discussion at the Constituent Assembly (CA) and seeking permission to publish the first integrated draft of the new constitution in Nepal's gazette for people's feedbacks, Minister Rijal urged the political parties to put their views and demands in the CA without boycotting it.

Different political parties including Tarai Madhes Sadbhawana Party, Tarai Madhes Loktantrik Party, Sadhbhawana Party and Federal Socialist Forum Nepal, among others have been boycotting the CA meeting demanding the draft of the new constitution along with the modality of federalism after naming and delineating the federal states.

Stating that it was unfortunate to boycott the CA meeting after raising the issue of federalism, Minister Rijal, also the member of the Constitution Draft Committee, said, "The draft can be amended as it is not the final one. At last, I request the parties, boycotting the meeting, to put their demands in the CA."

He said a provision of right to religion as per people's devotion and belief has been mentioned in the draft of the new constitution.

The Communications Minister said the guarantee of representation of women mentioned in Article 88 of the proposed draft has ensured the women's rights.