Nepal suggests extending the May 28 deadline for Constitution
Last Updated: Friday, April 02, 2010, 18:30
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.


First Published: Friday, April 02, 2010, 18:30

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