Top leaders consult chiefs of constitutional bodies on draft statute

KATHMANDU: Top leaders of four major political parties on Wednesday held meetings with chiefs of various constitutional bodies.

Nepali Congress, CPN-UML, UCPN-Maoist and Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Democratic held meetings with them regarding various provisions proposed in the first draft of the constitution, currently being discussed by the Constituent Assembly.

The parties had invited Chief Justice Kalyan Shrestha, Chief of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) Lokman Singh Karki, Chairman of the Public Service Commission (PSC) Umesh Mainali, Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHHRC) Anup Raj Sharma and Acting Chief Election Commissioner Dolakh Bahadur Gurung among others to collect feedback from them on the draft constitution, at the Prime Minister's residence in Baluwatar today separately.

According to the Rastriya Samachar Samiti (RSS), bosses of the constitutional bodies suggested leaders to ensure independence and smooth functioning of the organs under the new constitution.

The RSS quoted Nepali Congress General Secretary Krishna Prasad Sitaula as saying that top leaders have positively responded to the suggestions made by the constitutional bodies.

NC President and Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, UML Chair KP Sharma Oli, UCPN-M Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal and NJF-D Chair Bijay Kumar Gachhadar among others were present during the meeting.