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Congress cold-shoulders Maoist condition for govt transfer

KATHMANDU:
While the main ruling party has been insisting for the agreement on the contentious issues as a condition for transforming the government, the main opposition party Nepali Congress has ruled out of compromising the civilian supremacy with the Prime Minister seat.
The meeting of the NC central working committee held at the party headquarters on Sunday concluded that striking any deal on the content of the constitution prior to the election of the Constituent Assembly will infringe the supremacy and sovereignty of the elected institution.

As the Maoist floated proposal in the three-party meeting regarding the leadership of national unity government and the contents of the new constitution, the main opposition Nepali Congress (NC) has accused the Maoists of prolonging its stay in power by putting one precondition after another.
“Maoist leaders’ attempt to forge consensus in constitution writing within four days that delayed the constitution writing for four years was the Maoist leaders’ ploy to prevent the elections to the constitution assembly (CA) by mid-May,” Congress leader Arjun Narsingh KC said.
KC said the meeting discussed the ongoing discussions among the parties and measures to be adopted for the next CA elections by forging a consensus.
The meeting also asked the committees formed under the party general secretaries to furnish the statutes of Nepal Women Association, Nepal Tarun Dal and Nepal Indigenous Nationalities Association with suggestions by mid-December.

Published Date: Sunday, December 9th, 2012 | 08:04 AM

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