UML Chairman Oli spells out party's stance

KATHMANDU: CPN-UML Chairman KP Oli has reiterated that journey towards peace, national unity, democracy and prosperity are his party's stance.

He further said that the agreement reached among the parties on Monday night regarding the contentious issues of the new constitution would not create any hurdles in this journey.

"Participation in the government or the government leadership are not important topics for the UML," he said, speaking to the media at a programme held at the party office in Balkhu on Tuesday, a day after the historic 16-point agreement was made.

"Framing a democratic constitution and the reconstruction in the country are the issues of priority for us," he said, "This agreement has also expressed the UML's patriotism and its commitment to change, democracy and prosperity. For the UML, any of the proposed number of the federal provinces is auspicious, none is inauspicious."

Responding to a query that the UML has given up its stance on five or six provinces for government leadership, Oli said, "We have agreed to the eight-province federal model, demonstrating our flexibility for ensuring the framing of the new constitution and taking into account the context of our perspective towards and the contents of the federation rather than the number of provinces."

Chairman Oli said the agreement signed by the parties on Monday night has given a fresh message in the context of protecting the achievements made from the people's struggles at various times and the agreements after the failure of the first Constituent Assembly in delivering a new constitution and the second CA also bogged in a standoff.

He believed that the 16-point agreement has infused the confidence that the works related to the drafting of the new constitution would now take momentum as the contentious issues of the new constitution have been settled.

Chairman Oli stressed that the reconstruction works would now move ahead successfully as the agreement has fostered the environment of consensus and collaboration among the parties.

"The UML has not gone to the earthquake ravaged areas to enjoy the sunshine. It has gone there to work and soothe the broken hearts of the people after the devastating earthquake. The work of volunteerism by the party has become remarkably successful. Even the government has not been able to do this much of work," the party chairman said in the context of the National Volunteers Mobilisation Campaign run by the party reaching the 17th day today. The party had launched the campaign for the post-quake relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction.

Meanwhile, a meeting of the National Volunteers Mobilisation Committee Secretariat today took a decision that all the party members of 76 electoral constituencies in 25 districts would have to mandatorily contribute their labour in their respective constituencies from June 19 to 21.