Unconvinced, forced to sign on Constitution: Bhattarai

POKHARA: Former Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai on Saturday said he signed on the Constitution promulgated by the Constituent Assembly last year as he was compelled to do so, though he was not convinced with the charter.

Bhattarai was Chairman of the then Constitutional Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee of the constitution-drafting legislative body, but had resigned from the House a week after the statute was promulgated.

"This Constitution does not meet interests of suppressed communities," speaking at a function in Pokhara today, the former Maoist leader, who currently heads the Naya Shakti Nepal party, said, "But, I signed it hoping that it could be improved later."

He, therefore, urged major political parties to amend the Constitution to make it all-acceptable.

"There is dissatisfaction over the Constitution," he explained, "It has not been the Constitution of all. Janajatis and Madhesis are not convinced."

Meanwhile, Bhattarai announced that his new party would advocate the agenda of continuous improvement in the Constitution and go to the elections with the same.

The leader assured that the NSN would work for establishing rights of all marginalised communities including Janajatis and Madhesis.

He also claimed that his party was for maintaining balance between relations with India and China.