Leaders express confidence to meet constitution writing deadline
Kathmandu, March 30: Political party leaders have promised to promulgate the new constitution within the stipulated timeframe by institutionalizing peace process.
Speaking at the special function organized by Reporters’ Club Nepal here on Friday to mark its 14th anniversary, leaders stressed on the need to forge understanding to meet the constitution drafting deadline.
Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai said decision has been taken to send the bill on the truth and reconciliation commission and the bill on finding the status of the disappeared to the Parliament after discussion, and also to complete the army integration task within April 12. He reiterated there was no backtracking on peace process now.
Noting that the contentious issues of the constitution should be resolved through understanding and agreement, the prime minister urged the leaders of all the political parties to come to a compromise giving up their intransigence.
UCPN (Maoist) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal said the works related to army integration would be completed within April 12 and the constitution writing could be accomplished on that basis.
“A difficult path had to be negotiated to conclude the 12-point accord and to complete the constitution-writing by ending the transition,” the UCPN (Maoist) chairman said, adding that as the leader of the largest party in the Constituent Assembly, he has both challenges and opportunities before him for reaching to the destination even by making compromises.
Nepali Congress president Sushil Koirala warned against only lingering the process only by giving assurances to the people on peace and constitution. He warned against creating federal provinces on ethnic line as doing so could be harmful to the nation.
Senior leader of the CPN (UML), Madhav Kumar Nepal said the constitution writing task would proceed ahead with the conclusion of the army integration. He reiterated that the constitution could be promulgated within the deadline if all the political parties adhered to the past agreements.
Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Bijaya Kumar Gachchhadar said a constitution devoid of federalism is meaningless and called on the top leaders of the major political parties to reach to an agreement soon on the contentious issues related to constitution writing as there is very limited time left for issuing the constitution.
President of RPP-Nepal, Kamal Thapa claimed it was not possible to complete the constitution within the remaining 56 days, the task that could not be completed in four years.
On the occasion, Prime Minister Bhattarai presented this year’s the Girija Prasad Koirala Memorial Senior Journalist Award to Ameet Dhakal, Chief Editor of Republica, English national daily. The award carries a purse of Rs. 100,000.
Similarly, the prime minister presented the Tarini Prasad Koirala Memorial Journalism Award carrying a purse of Rs. 30,000 to Kiran Pokharel, News Bureau chief of the Annapurna Post daily.
Also, the prime minister presented the Krishna Sen Ichhuk Memorial Journalism Award with a purse of Rs. 20,000 to Subha Shanker Kandel of the ABC Television; the Babu Chhiri Sherpa Memorial Award carrying Rs. 20,000 to Shaligram Tiwari of the Kantipur daily.
Likewise, Babita Basnet , editor of the Ghatana Ra Bichar weekly, received the Uma Singh Memorial Journalism Award carrying a purse of Rs. 20,000. RSS