CA meeting resumes amid RPP-N obstruction, discussion on draft constitution begins

KATHMANDU: After an obstruction for five hours, the Constituent Assembly resumed  its meeting amid hullabaloo to begin discussion on the first draft of constitution on Friday evening.

The Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal lawmakers, however, continued chanting slogans in front of the rostrum and protested the draft, which they said had been tampered after the Constitution Drafting Committee finalised it.

After his repeated attempts to convince the RPP-N lawmakers failed, CA Chairman Subas Chandra Nembang began the discussion over the draft this evening.

UCPN-Maoist lawmaker Giriraj Mani Pokhrel, Nepali Congress lawmaker Dhan Raj Gurung, Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Democratic's Jitendra Dev  and CPN-UML's Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal expressed their views over the draft.

After that, ending today's session, Chairman Nembang called next meeting for 11 am tomorrow.

The fourth largest party in the CA, the RPP-N has charged that the CDC chairman, Krishna Prasad Situala, presented a ‘different’ draft than what the Committee had finalised earlier.

The RPP-N has argued that provision of local elections within six months of promulgation of the constitution was removed from the draft while a provision on right to religious conversion was added.