Statute by mid-August, reiterates PM

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has said that there was no alternate to issuing a new constitution by mid-August and the parties were holding serious discussions for the same.

After the meeting of the Special Committee under the Constitutional-Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee (CPDCC), the Prime Minister added that there might be more pessimism among the people if the constitution was not issued in the stipulated time.

Stating he was optimistic about issuing the new constitution with delineation of federal states, Koirala urged the media not to disseminate negative news.

Eight years passed in the name of drafting a constitution, he said, and it should not be prolonged anymore as all parties, people and even the international community were concerned over the delay.

According to him, there would be no difficulty naming the Pradeshes if the borders were delineated.

Referring to some disgruntled Madhesi parties, Prime Minister informed that discussions on the delineation states were being held to bring the disgruntled parties into consensus. "Tearing the constitution benefits none," he said.

Similarly, CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli said that the new constitution with demarcation of the border of federal states will be brought within mid-August. According to him, parties were working out on the division of work for that matter.

The next meeting of the Special Committee would be held today itself with an aim to forge consensus to include the public feedbacks in the new constitution.