Kathmandu, June 20 :

The chairman of the interim statute drafting committee, Laxman Prasad Aryal, today said the panel would draft the new document at any cost.

Aryal’s remarks come a day after Attorney General Yagyamurti Banjade said the committee needed no government letters to start its job and the members may not take oath of office as it is not a government body. “This is a historic and challenging job and we will be successful in drafting the document, come what may,” Aryal told this daily.

The committee will formally start its work once they get an office, Aryal said. He also said that they would begin work even if the government fails to provide them the office and staffers. Aryal, who was a member of the 1990 Constitution drafting committee, said their job was tougher than drafting the 1990 statute. On remarks made by the Attorney General, Aryal said: “His remarks are personal and have no meaning.”

Members of the panel, including Nepal Bar Association president Shambhu Thapa, said that they would return to work as the government is yet to ask them to begin their job.