KATHMANDU: As the deadline given to the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) is going to end today, top leaders of major parties have expedited negotiations to resolve their differences on some disputes in the preliminary draft of the constitution.
Signatory parties of the 16-point agreement on June 8 - Nepali Congress, CPN-UML, UCPN-Maoist and Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Democratic - have been holding rounds of meetings to find common views regarding the disputes including reappointment of office-bearers of constitutional bodies after promulgation of the constitution, date of local body elections and position on secularism.
They had a meeting at the Prime Minister Sushil Koirala's residence this morning to discuss the differences.
At the meeting, all the parties agreed that the CDC has to complete its tasks and submit the report to the Constituent Assembly (CA) Chairman Subas Chandra Nembang today itself, according to the Rastriya Samachar Samiti (RSS).
Nembang has called the CA meeting for Monday afternoon to begin discussions on the draft.
The RSS quoted UML senior leader Jhala Nath Khanal that the parties also agreed to issue citizenship certificate in the name of either mother or father, to retain secularism in the constitution and interpret it as religious freedom and to ensure 33 per cent participation of women at all mechanisms of the state.