Feedback received from public to be included in statute: Oli

POKHARA, July 23

CPN-UML Chairperson KP Sharma Oli on Thursday vowed to incorporate the feedback collected from the public in the upcoming constitution.

Speaking at a party programme here on Thursday, Oli expressed dissatisfaction with some political leaders for passing sneering comments on the public over the feedback collection campaign.

“What shall we call it other than the height of irresponsibility if a leader who himself earlier approved sending the draft statute for feedback collection now dubs the campaign as a ‘drama’?” he asked, pledging to acknowledge the feedback in the final constitution.

“The ‘allegation’ that the feedback collection is a mere show is unfounded as otherwise why on earth would we take the draft to the public?” clarified Oli, who also hinted at possible changes in the final version of the constitution as per the collected feedback. He further said the nation will get its statute in one month’s time

On why there was no mention of names and boundaries of states in the draft, Oli argued that the provision was meant to facilitate the constitution held up for long.

“As naming and demarcating the states now itself was sure to create a hiccup in the constitution writing process again, we had to put off the agenda,” he argued, pointing  out that there were chances for amending the statute.

Regarding the discontent among leaders and cadres of the ruling parties over the parties’ failure to incorporate all of their agenda in the constitution, Oli opined that the compromise was a must in order to take other parties into confidence.