Four fringe parties boycott CA meeting as deliberations continue

KATHMANDU: The Constituent Assembly (CA) continued deliberations on the proposal tabled before it, seeking permission to publish the first integrated draft of the new constitution in Nepal's gazette for people's feedback.

Lawmakers from four fringe parties, however, walked out of the meeting claiming that the discussions were meaningless.

Most of the CA members putting their views over the proposal at a meeting of the CA today termed the outcome of the draft as a historic and a positive move of the political parties, underlining the need of amendments to some contents and terminologies mentioned in the draft.

Nepali Congress (NC) Vice-President and CA member Ram Chandra Paudel said that all should realise that the nation could not bear more than six provinces while federating it. The NC was clear that socialism was the best option to establishing democratic norms and values in the society, he said.

The draft should have clear provisions regarding the rights of indigenous, Dalits, women, Madhesis and concept of inclusiveness and proportional representation in state mechanisms.

Likewise, CPN-UML's Bharat Mohan Adhikari sought support from every walk of life to ensure the promulgation of the new constitution at the earliest.

Also taking part in the deliberation, CA member Dhaniram Poudel said that the present CA has owned up the achievements of previous CA and the roadmap for the new constitution should be drawn accordingly.

Similarly, lawmaker Arju Rana complained that the draft could not ensure the right of getting citizenship through mother’s name.

Jaydev Joshi of the CPN-United pointed out the need of amending some points.

Similarly, lawmaker Prem Bahadur Singh said that although the draft was progressive, some points mentioned in the draft should be amended.

Stating that not following the order of the Supreme Court was against  republicanism and rule of law, NC lawmaker Amaresh Kumar Singh said that questions were raised regarding the new constitution.

Disgruntled parties walk out

Tarai Madhes Democratic Party lawmaker Sarbendra Nath Shukla said that the act of reversing the issue of autonomous province accepted by the erstwhile CA would not be acceptable at any cost for his party.

He said that the discussions regarding the draft were meaningless and boycotted the CA meeting.

Federal Socialist Forum Nepal, Tarai Madhes Loktantrik Party, Sadbhawana Party and Tarai Madhes Sadbhawana Party had also boycotted today's CA meeting.