KATHMANDU: A three-member taskforce of the UCPN-Maoist, the Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML today made concrete progress on ending the protracted deadlock in the parliament after the taskforce leaders held intensive discussions on a new text of a consensual sankalpa prastav (stricture motion).
The talks teams of the major parties would sit together on Sunday and iron out differences on the President’s move on the then army chief, Rookmangad Katawal. The Maoists have been obstructing the parliamentary business demanding that the President’s move to reinstate Katawal be discussed in the parliament. But the ruling partners have turned down the demand, saying the parliamentary regulations do not allow to do so.
“We have inched closer to an understanding to end the political deadlock in the parliament,” Arjun Narsingh KC, NC spokesperson, told mediapersons following the taskforce meeting held at the UML’s parliamentary party office.
The proposed new text of the sankalpa prastav states that the Interim Constitution has given the President the status of a constitutional head. “This parliament expresses its firm commitment to make the constitutional head further dignified and respectable. This parliament, through the sankalpa prastav, expresses its commitment to not repeat any mistakes in the future.”
But the Maoist side wants the text to be more explicit than the revised draft proposal presented by the NC and the UML taskforce members.
KC said they were determined in their earlier stance that no stricture motion should be passed by the parliament about the President’s move. He added that efforts were being made to include the concerns of the main opposition party and the ruling partners in the common sankalpa prastav.
He also hoped that the parliamentary deadlock would end before October 27 when the parliament resumes its regular business after Tihar and Chhath break.
He said top leaders of the three major parties would also hold a comprehensive dialogue after the three parties’ talks teams finalised the draft of the sankalpa prastav.
Dev Prasad Gurung, taskforce member of the UCPN-M, said the new text of the sankalpa prastav had opened the door for an understanding. “This is more progressive than the last one submitted jointly by the NC and the UML,” Gurung said. But he was quick to add that it was not enough to end the deadlock. He said the new text of the sankalpa prastav should explicitly mention the President’s move to reinstate Katawal, who was sacked by the Prachanda-led government on May 3.
Yuvraj Gyawali, a UML leader and member of the taskforce, said they were still working on “suitable language” to be incorporated in the consensual sankalpa prastav.
“We have proposed parliament’s commitment not to repeat such incidents in the future,” Gyawali outlined the proposed text of the prastav to be tabled in the parliament for its approval. He said Sunday’s meeting of the three parties talks teams would fine tune the text.