Statute promulgation by August-end, says Oli

Kathmandu, August 11

CPN-UML Chairman K P Sharma Oli today said his party was committed to promulgate the new constitution within August and urged people to maintain restraint.

Addressing a press meet on the premises of the newly shifted party head quarters in Dhumbarahi today, Oli claimed that Nepali leaders have proved that they are capable of drafting the new constitution on their own.

He said the top leaders of the four major parties were challenged that they could not demarcate the borders and therefore they were compelled to prove their ability by carving the six-Pradesh model. Oli, however, said that some elements have been working to make the ongoing peaceful struggle violent. “We would like to draw the attention of the government to possible infiltration of unwanted elements in the peaceful struggle of the people in different parts of the country,” he said. He said attempts were on to incite communal violence.

Chairman Oli clarified that the six-Pradesh model was by and large good, but the parties could incorporate any suggestion from the public if they were justifiable and logical. He further claimed that the draft of the new constitution was the result of the existing power balance in the country and that could never address the concerns of all the communities and groups.

Meanwhile, UML Deputy General Secretary Bishnu Poudel today claimed that a national consensus government would be formed under the leadership of UML chairman Oli in the first week of September.

Addressing an interaction organised by Reporters’ Club here today, Poudel said with the formation of the consensus government political movements would end and reconstruction works would begin smoothly. He further clarified that there could be some minor changes in the demarcations but the number of Pradeshes would not be changed.