Nepal: `Fresh polls on November 22 not possible`

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 22:02

Kathmandu: Fresh elections to Nepal`s Constituent Assembly on November 22 are not possible as it was a decision taken unilaterally by Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai breaching the constitutional provisions, former premier Madhav Kumar Nepal has said.

The Interim Constitution has no provision to hold new Constituent Assembly election and without amending the Constitution through consensus among political parties, the election cannot be possible on that date, senior leader of CPN-UML Nepal pointed out.

Alleging that Bhattarai made attempts to run the country by infringing fundamental norms and values of democracy, he said such attempts to run the country by going against the democratic norms would not be possible.

Speaking at a programme on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the Pushpalal Memorial College in the capital today, the former prime minister said "ruling parties are active to elongate the political transition in the country by dissolving the Constituent Assembly, which is not an appropriate means."

The country cannot be rescued from the current political impasse without forging consensus among the political parties, he said, and accused the Prime Minister of trying to drag the country towards another conflict.

On May 27, the Constituent Assembly was dissolved without promulgating the Constitution after major parties failed to agree on the model of federal structure to be adopted in the new Constitution.

Bhattarai announced fresh elections to the Constituent Assembly to take place on November 22, a move continually described by the opposition as unconstitutional.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 22:02

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