Prime Minister has urged the UCPN (Maoist) -led opposition bloc to agree on preparing the draft of the new constitution by incorporating the issues resolved so far and continue discussions on federalism, instead of staging protests.
Prime Minister Sushil Koirala urged the parties to withdraw their scheduled protest programme as it could spoil the environment for consensus on the disputed agendas.
Koirala held meetings with UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Nepal Chairman Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar separetely . During the meetings, Koirala assured them of flexibility on the names and borders of federal provinces if they roll back their scheduled protests.
The request from the PM follows the call of other ruling parties to start constitution drafting by putting aside unresolved issues. The ruling coalition, which commands a two-thirds majority in the 601-member Constituent Assembly, wants to resolve the disputed issues through voting, against the opposition bloc’s stand to seek consensus at the political level.
The CA has already prepared a questionnaire on the disputed issues.
The dispute over whether to start a vote in the Assembly or continue talks for consensus has stalled the CA proceedings for nearly three months. The opposition bloc wants all the issues resolved in a package .