Constitution amendment now possible with two-third majority: Co-chair Dahal

POKHARA: Co-chairperson of the Nepal Communist Party (NCP), Pushpa Kamal Dahal, has said that a path to the amendment of the constitution as per past political agreement has now opened with the incumbent government garnering a two-third majority.

Addressing a press meet organised by the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) in Province 4, on Monday, Co-chair Dahal said, "We will make an amendment to the constitution in line with past agreements as this process has been backed by a two-third majority which the government has now attained."

He added that 'Madhes' related issues would also be solved through the amendment.

Dahal further said, "Stable government has now been established for a period of five years in all seven provinces of the nation. Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal (FSF-N) participating in the government is an achievement, which has affirmed the formation of dynamic government in all provinces."

In the same context, Dahal assured the general public that the communist forces in the nation had a crucial role in bringing federal democratic republic to Nepal, and therefore, they would protect this system of governance.

Dahal went on to add that the unification between two major communist forces in the nation had made a positive impact on global communism and had given out a favourable message to the world. He said, "The unity between two communist parties in our country has shown that future of the global communist movement is still bright."

He said that party unification had taken place to give a sense of stability to the country's political scenario so that development and prosperity could be achieved, adding that the unification should have taken place prior to the elections, however, it was delayed by six to seven months.

Similarly, he informed that the election process in Nepal is costly and that discussion was carried out by the government to reduce this cost so that a person of modest financial background could also participate in the elections.

In context to the budget, Dahal opined that the first federal budget had been introduced keeping in mind the economic imbalance and trade deficit faced by the nation, and hence it was focused on bringing the balance. He added, "The budget should be effectively implemented at provincial and local levels."

Dahal also ensured that he would start discussions within the party and government for necessary measures towards the conservation of Phewa Lake in Pokhara.

Likewise, Dahal expressed that a new era had begun with recent political developments and the government had to now work towards well-being of the nation for the next five years. He added that if the people did not experience development and prosperity, mistrust would rise against the government and communism, and therefore, it was necessary to pay heed to this issue.