Peace before constitution: NC’s Paudel

KATHMANDU:  Vice-president of Nepali Congress Ram Chandra Poudel has said the peace process must be concluded in order to avoid hindrance on constitution writing.

At a mass meet organized by the district working committee Kathmandu of the party as part of the campaign for democratic constitution by May 27, in the capital on Sunday, Vice-President Poudel, however, expressed suspicion over the conclusion of army integration as the Maoists’ fighters in the cantonments were travelling to Kathmandu at a time the army integration team was heading to cantonments.

He accused the UCPN-Maoist of trying to bring people’s constitution in spite of the democratic constitution with the guarantee of human rights, press freedom, independent judiciary, and inclusive federalism.

Leader Poudel decried the Maoists’ assurance of ethnic states to people.

On the occasion, leader Narahari Acharya said federal state would be strong if there is democracy.

For the sustainability of freedom and rule of law, arms must be surrendered, he said, adding that his party was focusing this.

Similarly, leader Dr Sekhar Koirala warned that if the Ieaders of any party violate seven-point agreement, their cadres would not spare them. He further said impunity must come to an end for democratic constitution.

Also speaking on the occasion, leaders Navindra Raj Joshi, Chakra Bahadur Thakuri, and Krishna Amatya said the Maoists was the main obstruction behind the ability to promulgate constitution even after four years of the constituent assembly elections.

They stressed on heeding people’s desperate need of timely constitution. Moreover, they said the Nepali Congress was against the ethnicity-based federalism was would invite disintegration. RSS

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