Khanal says ‘readymade’ constitution unacceptable
KATHMANDU: Chairman of CPN UML has claimed the people wont accept a ‘readymade’ constitution handed down by an institution or an individual in some closet.
Khanal expressed such views while speaking to residents Solukhumbu as part of his recent initiative to take telephone suggestions from citizens of various districts.
He claimed that a constitution prepared by the Constituent Assembly by concluding the peace process will be Nepalese people’s constitution in essence.
In his discussion with Khanal, Solukhumbu’s UML Chairman Aang Nigma Lama had inquired whether parties have received readymade constitution from somewhere. He had urged his party chairman to address the pessimism that was taking tall on general public following political party’s lack of commitment to implement the past agreements.
UCPN Maoist district incharge Gombu Sherpa had asked Khanal when his ‘Arjun dristhi’ and ‘rocky stance’ will materialize. While asking for UML’s clear stance on federalism based on ethnic identity, he had suggested that the party back such a stance. Expressing concerns that the Solukhumbu has been long neglected by the government, he flayed the government for not providing the district royalty taken from Mt. Everest expeditions.
Another caller, Nepali Congress’s district president Aangelu Sharma while stating that majority of the Solu residents were skeptical of getting constitution by May 27, stressed on the need to justify the objective of the Constituent Assembly.
He said though some parties had termed the 1990 constitution as one of the best constitution in the world, Nepal had to draft another constitution. He suggested that parties should be careful for not repeating the same mistake this time again.
He also complained against the government for depriving Solu residents of the 30 percent royalty taken from Mt Everest expeditions and urged Khanal to lend his voice for them on the issue.
Journalist Bhanubhakta while stating that Solu was adversely affected by impact of climate changes, urged political parties for not getting affected by global influences.
He also suggested Khanal to secure free press in the new constitution and expressed helplessness in printing news about lead party’s inconclusive meetings and discussions.
Women’s representative Bina Rai while expressing concern that women issues did not enter the day-to-day meetings of three parties, called on political parties to provide adequate time for addressing the concerns of women too.
In response to the queries, Chairman Khanal expressed confidence to resolve all contentions related to constitution drafting process within a week.
He claimed that the constitution would come on the promised date, if principle understandings and tasks related to the army integration were resolved by April 12.
Stating that ethnicity was one of the five basis of identity based federalism, khanal promised the new constitution will ensure rights of every caste, ethnicity, race, religion and linguistic communities.
Expressing solidarity to women rights Khanal said that his party was committed to ensure the rights of the women in the constitution and promised to resolve the citizenship row in consensus.