Constitution in next 7 months: PM

RAUTAHAT: Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal today said that his government would draft the constitution in the next seven months.

“In the next seven months, this government will draft the new constitution," he said.

He also ruled out any changes in the present government until the new constitution was readied. “This government has the support of 22 parties and would continue to function as per the desire of the people,” he said.

While challenging the UCPN-Maoist to garner support for the formation of a new government, PM Nepal also urged them to adopt 'politics of consensus' and give up anarchic activities.

Addressing a programme organised for the exchange of good wishes for Tihar and Chhath at Gaur, the PM said, "I urged the UCPN-Maoist to end their rebellious attitudes by accepting the proposal forwarded by NC and UML."

PM Nepal said that the Moaists have not yet learnt the lessons from past mistakes despite having to step down for taking unilateral decisions.

PM Nepal also cautioned the Maoists against attempting to drag the President into controversy.

"UML and NC have already forwarded our proposal to the Maoists by being flexible to the maximum extent; there is no point for the Maoists to continue raising old issues," PM Nepal said.

Saying that deforestation and extraction of sand and stones from the rivers has been increasing the chances of flood and landslides in Terai, he directed the concerned offices to cease the acts early.

Earlier today, security personnel resorted to using force when the Maoist cadres tried to waive black flags at PM Nepal, in Gaur. The police briefly held ten protestors involved in the incident. Maoist Bhojpura sub-committee has condemned the incident.