‘What will be political justification?’ Emergency ……?

KATHMANDU: Lawmakers have said extending the Constituent Assembly term by declaring state of emergency may give legitimacy to the move but that will require serious political justification. “Such a move will create room for misuse of authority, and we must be cautious about this,” said UML lawmaker Agni Kharel. “Though the Interim Constitution has given this option, it is not easy to prove the rationale for such a move. What will be the political justification for such a step when there has been no significant progress made on the constitution front. An artificial emergency cannot be imposed just to extend the CA term,” said Kharel, adding that seeking fresh mandate, as suggested by the Supreme Court, will be rather a more fruitful option. NC lawmaker Radheshyam Adhikary also said the parties do not have justification for yet another extension as no vital progress has been seen in the constitution-making process. “Further extension will invite serious question against CA’s legitimacy because it was elected only for two years. One more extension and CA will lose its legitimacy,” said Adhikary. from THT

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