Kathmandu, May 11:
CPN-UML chairman Jhalanath Khanal Friday asked the party lawmakers to follow the direction of the party during voting in the Constituent Assembly.
He instructed the lawmakers to implement the party decision and not to go against it during the voting.
During the parliamentary party meeting held at Singha Durbar, Khanal said that the lawmakers should follow the last decision of the party Standing Committee during the time of voting.
He said, "If top leaders succeed to reach a consensus about any matter, the lawmakers should follow the path of consensus and vote on the side of the agreement among the top leaders, otherwise they should vote as per the party’s decision."
Khanal instructed the lawmakers to vote for six provinces if voting took place in the CA meeting.
He also warned the lawmakers of disciplinary action if they went against the party line while voting.
According to lawmaker Bina Gyawali, chaimran Khanal said UML was ready to go for 11 provinces if parties succeeded to reach a consensus, otherwise, the party would vote for six provinces.
She said that the UML would stand in favor of executive prime minister who would be elected from the parliament and a ceremonial president.
During the meeting, lawmakers Pasang Sherpa, Thama Maya Thapa, Kiran Gurung and other lawmakers demanded more discussions about the federal and governance systems.
Meanwhile, at the meeting of the parliamentary party and standing committee of UML, its janajati lawmakers expressed serious reservation about the party’s stand against single caste and ethnicity based federalism.
Most janajati lawmakers stressed that the party should address the demand of federalism raised by its lawmakers.
Politburo member Prithvi Subba Gurung said that the state should be restructured on the basis of single caste and ethnic based identity system.
Chief Whip Bhim Acharya said that the party would prepare its concept on federalism by incorporating the views expressed within and outside the party.
He said that the party would issue a whip for voting and no lawmaker could go against the instruction.