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NC CWC members reject CA term extension

N24 Correspondent: Majority of the Central Working Committee (CWC) members of Nepali Congress have ruled out the possibility to support the government’s bid to extend the term of the Constituent Assembly.
NC had summoned its CWC meeting to discuss the ongoing discussion on extending the term of CA at its party office in Sanepa on Wednesday evening. Though the meeting remained inconclusive for today, majority of the 17 speakers who presented their views on the issue, denied to support the CA extension.
While criticizing party General Secretary Krishna Prasad Sitaula for giving green signal to the CA extension proposal in Tuesday’s cabinet meeting, major leaders demanded that the party pull out of the government immediately.
They also said that the Congress should not just follow the Maoist agendas and extend the CA term going against the Supreme Court decision. The meeting will continue today also.
Congress CWC member Dhan Raj Gurung said, “The CWC meeting will decide to quit the government since the party can’t bypass the Supreme Court regarding the extension of the CA.”
However, the CWC members close to senior leader Sher Bahadur Deuba camp boycotted the meeting and organized a separate meeting of its own.
Earlier the meeting of the NC office bearers and central committee members held at party President Shushil Koirala’s residence, Maharajgunj, this morning had expressed serious concern over the government’s decision to extend the CA term.
Speaking to the media persons after the meeting, Central Member Dipak Giri said NC should not go against the Supreme Court verdict showing agreement to the CA term extension.
Similarly, NC leader Sujata Koirala said NC President has already expressed his view against the CA term extension and that is the party’s voice, adding NC should not move back from the stance.
Sitaula says he is out of the government
While the CWC meeting was still on, Sitaula had exited the meeting and claimed that he would not participate in the government. While conceding that supporting the registration of  the CA extension proposal was a ‘forceful deacon’, Sitauala said that there was point for him in retaining his post in the cabinet.
He claimed that he will quit the government, even if the party decides to remain in the government.

Congress Lawmaker Adhikari resigns
Congress CA member Radheshyam Adhikari resigned from his post today expressing his dissatisfaction on registration of a bill for amendment of the Interim Constitution at the Legislature-Parliament to extend the tenure of the Constituent Assembly (CA) once again by the government.
CA Member Adhikari tendered his resignation after visiting Chairman of the CA, Subash Nembang. Adhikari, who is also a senior advocate, is a lawmaker from proportional category of the NC.

Published Date: Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 | 07:32 AM

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