KATHMANDU: The task force constituted by the Constitution Drafting Committee on Friday submitted the draft of the new constitution to the CDC.

The task force has agreed to incorporate pluralism in the Preamble, the soul of the constitution.

Nepali Congress CA member Ramesh Lekhak said pluralism and federalism would be mentioned in the Preamble. Unified CPN-Maoist CA member Ram Narayan Bidari said both the contentious terms— pluralism and people’s war— were included in the new constitution.

Task force member Narsingh Chaudhari said although pluralism was incorporated in the Preamble its spirit was not carried in entire draft of constitution. He said the draft of the constitution envisaged centre controlled local bodies, including the states.


According to Chaudhari, the task force decided not to address the naming and boundary issues of federalism in the draft as stated in the 16-point agreement signed by the Nepali Congress, the CPN-UML, the Unified CPN-Maoist and Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Democratic.

Chaudhari said the draft constitution intended to retain one centralised judiciary. He said he submitted an eight-page note of dissent to the task force on constitutional issues.

Another task force member Bidari said the final draft of the constitution was submitted by the task force to the CDC and that would be endorsed by the CDC on Saturday and would be submitted before the full house of the Constituent Assembly on Monday.