`All parties should work together for Nepal`s Constitution`
All parties in Nepal, including the Maoists, should work together to form a new government and draft a new Constitution to end the prolonged political crisis in the country, a senior CPN-UML leader said on Friday.
Kathmandu: All parties in Nepal, including the Maoists, should work together to form a new government and draft a new Constitution to end the prolonged political crisis in the country, a senior CPN-UML leader said on Friday.
"We should incorporate all parties in the constitution drafting process," former Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal said while interacting with journalists in Birgjung in southern Nepal.
He insisted on the need to bring all political parties, including the UCPN-M, that had threatened to boycott the Constituent Assembly, together in order to provide political stability to Nepal.
UCPN-Maoist got a mere 26 seats, finishing at the third place in the direct voting system in the recently-concluded polls. Nepali Congress headed by Sushil Koirala emerged as the largest party with 105 seats followed by CPN-UML with 91 seats. The combined strength of Nepali Congress and CPN-UML will be close to a two-third majority seats.
The Maoists alleged massive scale of rigging during the November 19 polls to the 601-member assembly.
The leader said as people voted for Nepali Congress and CPN-UML to go together, there is no alternative for them other than to move together.
There is a need to draft a constitution within a year by taking both the Maoist parties - those who participated in the election and those who did not (UCPN-M and CPN-M) - and the Madhes-based parties together, he said.
He asked the Maoists not to be disappointed by the result of the polls, as fluctuation in politics is natural and urged them to participate in the Constitution-drafting process.
He also warned the Nepali Congress not to minimise his party CPN-UML while dealing in power-sharing issue as it will have to pay a price for that.
The leader dismissed rumours about the reinstatement of the 1990 Constitution, which has a provision of constitutional monarchy and does not include the provision of federalism.
He also made it clear that his party is in favour of federalism, but not an ethnicity-based one.
Meanwhile, the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) asked Nepali Congress leadership to implement the provisions mentioned by political parties in their manifestos, which are related to the problems facing the business community.
A team of FNCCI, led by chairman Suraj Vaidya met NC president Sushil Koirala today, where the latter assured the business leaders that economic development will be expedited after drafting constitution within a year.
Vaidya said he also asked Koirala to work on removing the current load-shedding in three years by expediting works in the hydropower sector.
Nepal plunged into a constitutional crisis after the Constituent Assembly was dissolved without promulgating the Constitution last year, and fresh elections scheduled for November 2012 were not held.