Nepal suggests extending the May 28 deadline for Constitution

Nepal Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal has said that he would not step down from office and has suggested that the term of the Constituent Assembly be extended, if the May 28 deadline to frame the Constitution was not met.

Last Updated: Apr 02, 2010, 18:30 PM IST

Kathmandu: Nepal Prime Minister Madhav
Kumar Nepal has said that he would not step down from office
and has suggested that the term of the Constituent Assembly be
extended, if the May 28 deadline to frame the Constitution was
not met.

Asking all political parties to make sincere efforts and
show flexibility for drafting the new Constitution, Nepal said
there was no question of his stepping down, if the deadline
was not met.

His assertion came amidst reports of a widening rift
among the political parties over drafting of the Constitution
which could lead to a delay in its finalisation.

"All should be serious and arrive at an appropriate way
out regarding the modality of federation and governance system
in a dispassionate manner," Nepal told representatives of the
Reporters Club Nepal here.

He dismissed rumours of the dissolution of the
Constituent Assembly if the May 28 deadline is not met, and
suggested that its term be extended by few months to prepare
the draft of the Constitution and complete it.

He admitted that the regressive forces have hatched
conspiracies to revive the monarchy taking advantage of the
differences among the political parties, but said said their
`daydream` will never be fulfilled.

He also ruled out any possibility of imposition of
President`s rule or the staging of a military coup in case the
Constitution is not drafted within the stipulated timeframe.

On reports that the Unified CPN (Maoist) was preparing
for another revolt, said: "This would be unfortunate for the
country and the Maoists themselves will be isolated by the
people in such situation".

Dismissing reports about his resigning, he said he
commanded a clear majority in the legislature and the 22
parties that support his government have given him the
responsibility of drafting the constitution by May 28 and also
its implementation.

"This is merely a rumour spread by the main opposition to
grab the attention of its cadres," he said.

Replying to a question, he said the integration of the
Maoist combatants will be completed in the coming 30 days.

The Maoist should not try to escape from its
responsibility outlined in the peace agreement by coming up
with fresh demands from time to time against the past
agreements, he said.

PTI