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NC’s Paudel lost flight due to inconclusive CC meet

N24,KATHMANDU: Monday’s Constitutional Committee remained inconclusive but it cost dearly to Nepali Congress Vice President Ram Chandra Paudel.

The meeting was called for holding discussions on the State Restructuring Commission (SRC) and Paudel aware that it won’t make any headway, had booked an air ticket for  Siraha.

As planned he entered the Legislative Parliament’s first building for participating in the meeting at around 8 in the morning. His intelligence report was verified as Maoist Chairman Prachanda and Prime Minister Bhattarai were absent at the meeting.

After holding preliminary and futile discussions with present members on the modality and methodologies that can be adopted for holding deliberations on the SRC report, Paudel excused himself and exited the meeting.

He hurried down the stairs to head for airport, but the biggest surprise of the morning was waiting for him at the end of the stairs. He was blocked by a group 70 youth lawmakers, some of which were from his own party.

The group had organized a two hour sit in (9 to 11 am) at the CC meeting venue for pilling up pressure on senior leaders of lead political parties to concluding the peace and constitution writing process within the stipulated timeframe.
Despite repeated request from Paudel, the group denied to let him leave the venue and Paudel had to spend the rest of his time at the venue while his flight flew off to Janakpur at 9.30.  He was scheduled to address a party gathering there.

Khanal detained while entering

Reaching late at meetings is a common habit among politicians. But Khanal had to pay for all of them while entering the CC meet on Monday.

The Lawmakers pressure groups blocked Khanal from entering the venue where he had to reach forty five minutes late. The meeting was slated to kick off at 8.

However Khanal assured that the constitution writing would be concluded within the stipulated timeframe and lauded the efforts of lawmakers’ pressure stint.

The CC meet was deferred by providing a copy of the SRC report to each member of the panel.

Published Date: Monday, April 2nd, 2012 | 08:19 PM

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