Declaration legal, says Acharya

Biratnagar, May 19:

Former minister and one of the drafters of the constitution of 1990, Nilambar Acharya, said yesterday’s historic declaration was in line with the Constitution.

Speaking at an interaction organised by Ganesh Man Singh Memorial Foundation in Biratnagar today, Acharya said parliament was the only means to make a declaration. “‘The declaration is legitimate,” Acharya said.

Since the change was made after forging agreement between all sides, the agreement was the essence of legitimacy of the declaration, Acharya said. Laying stress on the need to believe in people’s mandate, Acharya said, those expressing disagreement with the declaration may leave the nation.

At a time when the king was going to be deprived of all his rights, there should not be delay in curtailing the rights in the name of legal procedures, Acharya said.

He said there was no need of an interim constitution. Terming the declaration unprecedented, former Nepali envoy Shambhu Ram Simkhada stressed the need to implement the declaration effectively.

NC Morang president, Amrit Aryal, chairperson of Ganesh Man Singh Memorial Foundation, Nabindra Raj Joshi, also addressed the function.