Campaign to clear misconception about constitution kicks off

Kathmandu, December 7

Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli today inaugurated a month-long government campaign to clear misconceptions regarding the new constitution.

Following the inauguration amid a grand function here today, Oli said a constitution accepted by 92 per cent of Constituent Assembly members cannot be discriminatory, but there are some grumblings from some quarters of society.

He said the grumblings arose on some issues due to misunderstanding.

PM Oli said a resourceful Nepal cannot remain a poor country and the government would begin reconstruction soon after the Parliament endorses the reconstruction bill.

Former speaker of the Legislature Parliament Subas Nembang said the parties had made one of the best constitutions in the world, but failed to inform what they did.

“We have already started to see the result of inclusion of the new constitution. With the induction of a female chief justice within a few months, women would head all three organs of the state,” he said.

Nembang questioned what would happen if Sushil Koirala, who was supported by Upendra Yadav a leader of the agitation had won the prime ministerial election. “Would he have become the deputy prime minister instead of Bijay Gachhadar?” he asked.

General Secretary of Nepali Congress Krishna Prasad Sitaula urged Unified CPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal to unify all the major parties, claiming that Dahal holds the key of the Oli-led government.

As a representative of the main opposition party Sitaula said NC was for resolving the problem along with the government, instead of obstructing parties.

UCPN-M Chairman Dahal said the forum was misused for the publicity of the parties’ agendas instead of clarifying about the provisions of the new constitution. “This is not the place to establish the issues of parties,” he said.

He further said there were sensitivities of Madhesi parties and therefore their demands should be grouped into two categories as it is not that all their demands are bogus. “We should address their genuine demands but inform people about the bad effects of their other demands,” he said.

Dahal claimed that the new constitution had increased the Nepali people’s self-esteem and strengthened the country’s independence. He said the unity seen today should be transformed into national unity.

Claiming that he was in touch with Indian leaders, Dahal said the existing difficult situation would be resolved soon.

Ministry for Federal Affairs and Local Development will accomplish the task of clarifying on the provisions of the new constitution across the country, he said.