KATHMANDU: Immediately after the Supreme Court issued a stay order against the government move to extend the Constituent Assembly term, CA Chairman Subas Nembang said major political parties had no alternative but to promulgate a new constitution within three days.
The government on Tuesday registered a bill at the Parliament Secretariat with a view to extending the CA term by three months, which, many believed, undermined the SC’s November 25 verdict.
NC CA member Radheshyam Adhikari tendered his resignation yesterday to protest the government move to extend the CA term.
“There are still three days left for CA and political parties,” said Nembang. “So, the parties must take this as an opportunity to adopt the constitution.”
He advised the parties to cut short or amend CA procedures and promulgate the new constitution by incorporating the constitutional issues already agreed upon at political-level. “Other unsettled issues can be left to the transitional Parliament which will remain in force even after the CA is dissolved.”
He said the issues of federalism — number, names and boundaries of federal units — can be left for the transitional Parliament to decide.
Nembang warned that country would face a constitutional vacuum after Sunday if the parties failed to adopt the new constitution by then. All elected institutions, including the prime minister and President, will be reduced to caretaker statues if CA fails to adopt the constitution for which it was elected in April 2008.
NC leader Bimalendra Nidhi said the new constitution could be promulgated by shortening CA procedures, the way they had declared the country a republic on May 28, 2008. “But we need to forge agreement,” Nidhi said. UML Secretary Shankar Pokharel reiterated his party’s stance, saying UML will take initiatives to promulgate the constitution by incorporating the issues already agreed upon and leaving rest of the issues for the transitional Parliament to decide. Raj Kishor Yadav, Acting President, MJF-Republic, however, said NC and UML would be held accountable for the failure of CA if a new constitution could not be adopted by May 27.THT