Integration to move on even if package deal not reached
KATHMANDU: UCPN Maoist Chairman Puspa Kamal Dahal has asserted that the integration of the PLA combatants will be concluded on the basis of seven point deal even if political parities fail to strike a package deal on peace, constitution writing and national consensus government.
Receiving a memorandum from Rishi Dhamala, President of Reporters Club Nepal on Thursday, Dahal said ” integration will move ahead while discussions will be held on striking a package deal for resolving all issues in consensus. Other issues will not obstruct the integration process”.
Stating that discussions were afoot on promulgating the new constitution by the May 28 deadline, Chairman Dahal said that today’s discussion with Joint Democratic Madhehi Front and Nepali Congress were centered on resolving some technical glitches seen in the integration process.
He said that JDMF has expressed willingness to support the government in that direction and also claimed that discussions with NC leaders ended on positive note to conclude the integration process within one to two weeks.
“Agreement has reached with JDMF to draft the constitution by May 28. Parties don’t have any alternative to it,” said Prachanda.
However Dahal claimed that issues related to state restructuring and federalism were more complicated than integration. Stating that parties were nearing consensus on a mixed form of governance that includes a directly elected President and legislative elected Prime Minister, he said that the issue will be sorted out soon.
While assuring that the constitution will be drafted by the May 28 deadline, Prachanda said that issues related to judiciary, citizenship, electoral system will be sorted out as soon as the integration process is concluded.
On the formation of national consensus government, Dahal said that it will formed as soon as the integration process is concluded. He claimed that the process has been stalled due to NC’s reluctance to it unless the peace process is concluded.
He also agreed that NC’s claim on the leadership of the national consensus government was legitimate.
” A national consensus government will be formed after the peace process is concluded. Though the peace process will be concluded by the present government, any majority government can promulgate the new constitution”
He claimed that only a national consensus government will be able to promulgate the new constitution.
On the occasion, Prachanda appreciated the efforts made by Club’s President Rishi Dhamala in putting up pressure on political parties for concluding the peace and constitution writing process.