Dahal says CA can be reinstated

KATHMANDU: UCPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Tuesday suggested that the dissolved Constituent Assembly could be reinstated through a political consensus if the parties built an agreement on the disputed issues of new constitution.

Speaking at an interaction programme of the ruling parties, the Maoist chairman came down heavily on the Nepali Congress and CPN-UML, saying the two parties were responsible for the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly.

He claimed that the Maoist party maintained a maximum flexibility until the eleventh hour of May 27 for the promulgation of new constitution.

He went on say that his party finally agreed upon the multi-ethnic identity, which the NC and CPN-UML had proposed earlier. However, they sighed away from their proposal on May 27 and even ruled out the notion of federalism, let alone single ethnic identity-based federalism.

Criticising the Nepali Congress, United Democratic Madhesi Front leader and Deputy Prime Minister Bijay Kumar Gachhadar said there was no alternative to the fresh elections to resolve the current crisis.

Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai accused the oppositions of sabotaging all the ways of promulgating the constitution – backtracked from their own proposal of multi-ethnic federalism, disagreed to go for voting to sort out the thorny issues, opposed the extension of the Constituent Assembly term and ruled out emergency. Dismissing the allegations that he was responsible for the dissolution of the CA, he categorically maintained that there were no options left for him as the head of the government but to call for fresh elections with the dissolution of CA.

He called on all to go for polls as it is only the democratic option left to sort out the political deadlock and not to opt for undemocratic ways. He reiterated on the need of consensus among the political parties.

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