Rush for statute, but bring all stakeholders on board, Prez tells PM

KATHMANDU: President Ram Baran Yadav on Thursday told Prime Minister Sushil Koirala that a new constitution should be framed without any further delay, but the major parties should try to take all stakeholders on board the constitution making process.

The Head of State told the PM so when the latter went to Shital Niwas to brief him on the Kailali incident and contemporary politics.

According to the President’s Press Advisor Rajendra Dahal the President told the PM that parties should seek resolution of constitutional issues through dialogues.

“You have tried to win the confidence of all the stakeholders until now and you still need to try to do so till the final hours of the constitution making process,” Dahal quoted the President as telling the PM.

According to Dahal, the President told the PM that the Nepali Army was not being mobilised as per the Interim Constitution and was only aiding security persons as per the decision of the local administration in some riot hit areas and the government should clarify this.

Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Bamdev Gautam had told the Parliament a few days ago that the government had ‘mobilised Nepali army in some riot hit areas.’

According to Dahal, the PM briefed the President about the ongoing agitation launched by Madhesi and other disgruntled forces and the security situation in the country.