Pokharel predicts crisis if no Constitution implementation

POKHARA: CPN-UML General Secretary Ishwor Pokharel has said that people not having a faith in democracy are taking Nepal towards a political and constitutional crisis.

Addressing journalists at an interaction in Pokhara of Kaski district on Monday, Pokharel said that political and constitutional crisis would be almost certain if the major parties could not move ahead for Constitution implementation on time.

Informing that the UML would cooperate to hold elections in order to implement the Constitution, he stressed on the need of holding local, provincial and federal elections within January 21, 2018.

"Nepal's Constitution is dynamic, but an amendment is not needed this soon," said Pokharel, adding that the Constitution should be amended neither contradicting its values nor through pressure from external forces.

He also claimed that the ruling parties were talking about the Constitution amendment in order to weaken the charter.

Mentioning that 100 per cent of the population of any country had not agreed on its constitution anywhere, the CPN-UML leader also accused India for making Nepal's Constitution amendment an international issue and warned it not to do so.

Pokharel viewed that the Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal's India visit had affected sovereignty of the country. He also claimed that the past agreements done between Nepal and India had not been reviewed in the visit.

Instead, the PM gave the responsibility to complete Nepal's important projects to India, Pokharel added.