KATHMANDU: Despite the approaching deadline for promulgating the new constitution, the major political parties are yet to forge consensus on conflicting issues, mainly the form of governance, federalism, judiciary, and electoral system even as the top leaders sit for series of talks.
Like the previous meetings, a meeting of the Constitutional Committee (CC) held Sunday also failed to yield any fruit. Worse still, the parties failed to initiate deliberations in the remaining issues of constitution writing and some points that parties had already made agreement on.
At the meeting, no progress was achieved except opinions from Prime Minister and top leaders of major three political parties. Nepali Congress Vice-president, who was present at the meeting, said discussions were underway and next meeting is scheduled for March 13.
“Nothing was discussed at the meeting except expressing views from prime minister and other members of the CC,” said UML leader Bhim Rawal.
Speaking at the meeting, Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai said he was prevented from working, thereby the present situation was going from bad to worse.
“History will judge me. I am prevented from working but situation is worrisome,” leader Rawal quoted PM as saying at the meeting. PM’s speech was filled with frustration and threat, Rawal added.
The leaders said that lack of trust among the parties and non-implementation of the past agreements were to blame for present situation of politics.Emerging after the meeting, Paudel said Dr Baburam Bhattarai is the luckiest prime minister after the CA elections adding that PM’s expression of threat was not reasonable.
Co-chairman of Rastriya Janashakti Party Dr Prakash Chandra Lohani said no progress was madeat the meeting as the meeting ended after the speeches of the top leaders.