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PM pledges to garner inter-party consensus for CA elections

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai has said that the government would leave no stone unturned to forge consensus among the political parties to conduct elections to the Constituent Assembly (CA) on November 22, 2012.

“We will leave no stone unturned to reach a consensus so that we can hold the CA elections on slated date,” the Prime Minister told ambassadors and heads of diplomatic missions of different countries in Nepal at the Prime Minister’s official residence at Baluwatar, this morning.

Dr Bhattarai said maximum efforts were underway for the formation of a national consensus government prior to the CA elections to build environment of trust among major stakeholders and ward off the possible legal hassles.

On the occasion, he also wished for continuous support from all in such a challenging situation of the country.

Describing the progress in peace process as a miraculous performance, the PM said that this was not the point to be satisfied and stressed on drafting the new constitution through the popularly-elected body–CA at any expense.

Prime Minister Bhattarai said that his government brought the former PLA under the government though the major political parties impeded the constitution writing process saying that constitution would not be drafted sans completing the peace process.

On the occasion, the PM said that oppositions obstructed the constitution writing process though maximum efforts were made by the coalition parties for the writing of the new constitution.

Saying writing constitution without guaranteeing the rights of Madhesi, Janajati, Dalit, and marginalized groups was not relevant, the Prime Minister added the CA was dissolved after the parties failed to forge consensus till the eleventh hour though he demonstrated maximum flexibility and honesty in writing of the new constitution.

“The believers of democracy cannot reject the elections. But consensus among the parties is necessary prior to holding elections,” the Prime Minister said.

During the meeting, the PM said, “Economic development is the main basis of peace and stability.”

Saying that the government was formed for finalizing peace process and forging consensus for constitution writing, for economic prosperity and good governance, the prime minister said the government completed the task of bringing the Maoist combatants under government, a major task of peace process.

He said the government foreign policy was based on the UN charter, principles of non-alignment, peaceful coexistence, international laws and practices, and global peace.

Bhattarai said Investment Board was formed, Investment Year and Visit Lumbini Year were declared, projects of national glory were identified, which are main efforts of the government.

PM’s Personnel Secretary Ganga Shrestha told reporters that the prime minister informed the heads of diplomatic missions about the political situation of the country and added that the PM was ready to leave as soon as there was consensus among parties.

Bhattarai had put forth his views on progress on peace process, stalemate in constitution writing, CA dissolution, and declaration of elections, among others.

On the occasion, the ambassadors in Nepal had inquired about the resolution of the present crises. RSS

Published Date: Sunday, June 10th, 2012 | 11:02 PM

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