Maoist, Front rule out PM’s resignation, Baidya slams CA extension

N24 Correspondent, KATHMANDU: The Maoist and the Madheshi Morcha has ruled out Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai’s resignation unless draft of the constitution is prepared.

Both political powers denied to accept this linear condition put forward by Congress and UML for resolving disputes in the constitution writing process and to extend the term of the Constituent Assembly.

Maoist Vice Chairman Naryan Kaji Shrestha informed that they have ruled out PM’s resignation unless the guarantee to promulgate the constitution through the present CA is guaranteed.

“They have rolled out PM’s resignation as their one-point demand while bruising aside consensus and constitution drafting. It seems that they are planning to take control of the government by dissolving the CA by not garnering consensus and drafting constitution,” said Shrestha.

“Maoist is committed to promulgate the constitution through this CA and the five point agreement. But they (Congress, UML) have just centered on government formation only,” Shrestha added while doubting their intentions for drafting the new constitution.

Maoist and the Madheshi Front have concluded that both Congress and UML are trying to deviate from federalism and constitution, while making it clear that they are ready to transfer the government’s leadership before the promulgation of the new constitution.

Both had entered into discussions after Congress and UML teamed up and sought PM’s resignation to support the CA extension proposal registered by the government.

“Congress-UML leaders made PM’s resignation as their one-point demand. This shows that they are trying to run away from consensus,” Morcha’s leader Rajendra Mahato claimed while calling on them to center on garnering consensus and constitution writing.

On Tuesday, the government had registered a proposal at the Parliament’s Secretariat seeking three-month extension for the CA.
Baidya faction slams CA extension

The dissident faction of the UCPN Maoist has condemned the government efforts to extend the term of Constituent Assembly.

A joint press release issued by Vice Chairman Mohan Baidya Kiran and General Secretary of the party, Ram Bahadur Thapa expressed their dissent towards government efforts to extend the CA term.

Stating that the efforts to extend the CA term as ‘unprecedented’, the statement has claimed that the government has gone against constitutional provisions and political commitment in doing so.
” Though maximum efforts were to be made to promulgate the new constitution on may 27, parties have centered efforts to extend the CA’s term, as they did for the past two years,” they further added.

“This seems to deliver the failure of lead political parties in drafting the constitution,” the duo said while calling on parties to put up their best efforts to promulgate the constitution on the said date.

They have called on parties to look out for other options if they fail to promulgate the constitution on May 27 and have stressed on holding inter and intra-party discussions to find political solution to end the impasse.

While flaying Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai for not holding talks with stakeholders on extending the CA term, Maoist Secretary CP Gajurel accused the government of working on the directions of external forces.

He claimed that CA term extension proposal has furthered pessimism among the public in getting the new constitution any time soon.

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