KATHMANDU: All three major parties — the UCPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN-UML — today agreed in more concrete terms to resolve the ongoing political dispute. Top leaders will now come into the picture to hold discussions on the draft of the consensual sankalpa prastav.
The draft, which has been prepared by the NC and the UML, was presented before the talks’ team at Singha Durbar
today. In case the team fails to resolve the dispute, then top leaders will step in to find an amicable solution. The senior leaders from the Big Three are likely to meet in a couple of days to iron out the differences. The Maoists, however, maintained that the draft failed to address their grievances.
“We urged the NC and the UML to amend the draft. It should highlight our concern about civilian supremacy,” said Narayankaji Shrestha ‘Prakash’, vice-chairperson, UCPN-Maoist.
Ram Chandra Poudel, Parliamentary Party leader, NC, said that the Maoists had minor reservations about the content of the draft. “We’ve incorporated their point of view. We’re fully aware that they are in favour of upholding civilian
supremacy,” he explained.
UML leader Pradeep Gyawali echoed Poudel. “The Maoists will move the amendment proposal. We’re open to discussion. I’m hopeful that we’ll reach an agreement soon that is acceptable to all,” he added.
The parties have agreed that the steps taken by President Dr Ram Baran Yadav in response to the Maoist-led government’s move to sack the then Chief of Army Staff General Rookmangud Katawal will act only as a backgrounder to sankalpa
The draft, however, does not elaborate whether the President’s move was a breach of constitutional protocol.
This deliberate act of omission and commission will leave the Office of President out of controversy in deference to the wishes of both the NC and the UML.
Broad contours of sankalpa prastav
• Legislature- parliament directs the government to uphold
• Legislature-parliament all for maintaining the dignity of the Office of President
• The President should be kept out of controversy at all cost
• Legislature- parliament directs the government for additional executive power for the Prime Minister
• Legislature- parliament bats for the Nepali Army’s role as a
democratic and professional unit, which is fully committed to human rights
• Legislature- parliament directs the government to amend
Military Act 2063 to clear all ambiguities
• All parties are committed to draft the statute on time,
and a high-level political mechanism will be formed for this purpose