Amend statute before change of guard: MJF

Kathmandu, May 17:

Leaders of the Nepali Congress and Madhesi Janadhikar Forum have agreed that a new government should be formed after amending all contradictory clauses of the interim constitution. This was agreed upon during talks held today between NC leaders Ram Chandra Poudel, Amod Upadhyay and Dr Minendra Rijal, and MJF leaders Upendra Yadav, Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar and Sharad Singh Bhandari.

“A new government can be formed only after the constitution is amended,” MJF coordinator Yadav told this daily.

He added the constitutional provision of a two thirds majority to form or remove a government should be replaced with a simple majority.

“The provision of a two thirds majority to form or oust a government is an undemocratic proposition and we should amend this,” Yadav added.

According to Yadav, both the parties agreed to have a head of state once the monarchy is abolished. They also dwelled on removing names of interim parliamentarians and seven parties from the interim constitution “as they are irrelevant in the changed context”.

“The MJF has sought the removal of names of interim MPs. We agreed to work on this issue,” NC leader Dr Minendra Rijal said.

Rijal said the constitution had to be amended to implement the republican agenda and integrate the Maoist army with the Nepali army.

We agreed to do a detailed homework on these issues, the NC leader further said.

“If we do not amend the constitution, the interim parliament may override the Constituent Assembly. The interim parliament, a non-elected body, cannot define the jurisdiction of an elected body like the CA. Even for this, we need to amend the constitution,” MJF coordinator Yadav said.

Dr Rijal said the Nepali Congress and MJF would meet soon and work to forge a consensus with other political parties on thorny issues.