SPA wants interim statute declared by Jan 15: Nepal

Kathmandu, January 9:

General Secretary of CPN-UML Madhav Kumar Nepal today said the Seven-Party Alliance is committed to having the interim constitution declared by January 15.

“There are differences but we are raising our voices in the inter-party meetings to have our voices heard in the interim government. Still we are committed to see the interim constitution declared on the given date,” he said, talking to journalists, after a book release programme here today.

He also said that the delay on declaring the interim constitution could invite accident as many regressive forces are active to break down the present political development.

Nepal also admitted that the party leaders were claiming more seats on the proposed extended parliament.

He said, each of three major parties — Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and CPN-Maoist — will secure ten more seats, Nepali Congress-Democratic will have six seats while four of other small parties will secure three seats for each in the proposed 48 extended seats in the interim legislature.

Earlier, Nepal released a book Loktantrik Ganatantra: Rashtrako Sajha Lakshya, written by Jhalanath Khanal. Addressing the function, Nepali Congress leader Arjun Narasingh KC said

that the party is now “moving towards a republican system”.

“We officially have been indifferent to monarchy, which means going towards a republican system,” he said, adding that a convention is necessary to declare NC’s opinion on monarchy. Maoist leader Dinanath Sharma said democracy in true sense is not possible unless the monarchy is eradicated.

“Democracy is not possible if there is no republic. A feudal system of any type cannot be democracy,” he said, adding that democracy in the 21st century means democracy where all ethnic people, linguistic, regional community and other marginalised communities are given justice. NC-D leader Bimalendra Nidhi stressed that the party is supporting a republican set-up as it has declared that monarchy is “unnecessary”.