Kathmandu, May 24 . The UCPN-Maoist has made it clear that promulgating the constitution within May 27 is its top priority, not the extension of the term of the Constituent Assembly.
However, the Maoist party claimed that the proposal of extending CA term was brought as a safe alternative measure to fill the void in case the constitution could not be promulgated within the deadline.
Maoist standing committee meeting held at the personal residence of party Chairman Puspha Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ at Lazimpat decided make best efforts to promulgate the new constitution within the stipulated timeframe.
Talking to reporters after the meeting, Maoist standing committee member Barsaman Pun said that the party is committed to execute the five-point pact but will not go for the prime minister’s resignation as demanded by the NC and UML.
He said that party brought proposal to extend the CA term as an alternative way out and out of compulsion but not out of will. This is the willingness of neither the government not the Maoist party, he said.
However, Pun added that his party would make the best utilisation of the remaining time to promulgate the constitution. “The Prime Minister will resign soon after the draft of the new constitution is ready. Before that, the parties should finalize the contentious issues regarding the state restructuring,” Pun said.
NC and CPN-UML are not ready for consensus, nor are they ready for proceeding with voting to decide the unresolved issues, Pun said. Therefore, there is the danger of the dissolution of the CA. “The prime minister will not resign until there is consensus for constitution,” he added.
Leader Pun informed that the meeting also decided to support the demands put forth by Dalit, Madeshi, Janajati and Indigenous groups about their rights in the new constitution. “We appealed NC and UML to make consensus regarding the demands of Madeshi, Janajati, Indigenous, Muslim, Women and Dalit,” Pun said.
The meeting also discussed the recent political turmoil that emerged after the registration of CA term extension proposal.