Kathmandu: Nepal's opposition parties on Tuesday rejected the joint proposals suggested by the ruling parties on contentious issues like state restructuring and system of governance for the new Constitution, saying they went against the spirit of ethnic identity based federal system.
Prime Minister and Nepali Congress president Sushil Koirala, and CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli jointly presented a document on state restructuring, system of governance, electoral model and system of judiciary to be adopted in the new Constitution.
The proposal were made at a meeting of the Constitutional Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee (CPDCC) of the Constituent Assembly yesterday.
In his response to the proposals by the Nepali Congress and CPN-UML, the ruling parties, UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Prachanda said the proposals are simply unacceptable and they can neither be discussed at the CPDCC nor can be forwarded to the Constitutional Assembly's full sitting.
Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP), Bahujan Shakti Party of Bishwendra Paswan and two independent lawmakers have supported the proposal of the NC and UML while Madhes-based parties and some other fringe parties took the side of the UCPN (Maoist) to oppose the proposal.
Prachanda said the NC-UML proposals on state restructuring were entirely against the spirit of the ethnic identity based federal system and that the ruling parties only wanted to convert the existing development regions and zones into federal units.
"It looks like they have simply converted the existing five development regions or the 14 zones into seven provinces without making any changes of substance," Prachanda said while airing his views at the meeting of the CPDCC immediately after Koirala and Oli reached a deal on the proposals.
He accused the leaders of NC and UML of breaching all past political agreements and the spirit of the peace process while preparing the document.
He also slammed Prime Minister Koirala and UML Chairman Oli saying that they undermined the decade-long Maoist insurgency and Madhes movement.
The NC and UML have proposed to elect all members of the House of Representatives directly from the constituencies while nominating members for the Upper House under the Proportionate Representation system.
Similarly, the NC and UML have proposed to have a constitutional bench instead of a separate constitutional court to settle disputed issues in the Constitution.
The ruling parties alliance have also proposed parliamentary system of governance in which the Prime? Minister will be elected from the Parliament and will be vested with full executive powers.
However, UCPN-Maoist was in favour of a presidential system in which the president vested with all executive powers will be directly elected from the people.