Kathmandu, May 25:
President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav Friday asked the leaders of main political parties to seriously search for ‘national consensus’ for writing the constitution.
Two days before the expiry of the deadline of the Constituent Assembly, President Yadav called the leaders to his residence at Shital Niwas and made the suggestion.
UCPN-Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda, Nepali Congress president Sushil Koirala, CPN-UML chairman Jhalanath Khanal and United Democratic Madhesi Front leader Bijay Kumar Gachchhadar met the president in the afternoon.
After the meeting, NC president Koirala told reporters that the President suggested they should forge national consensus by starting dialogue among them to that end right away.
"Such suggestions from the president have made the party leaders more serious about the task at hand. However, forging national consensus among the parties is very difficult," Koirala said.
According to CPN-UML chairman Khanal, during the meeting, President Dr. Yadav expressed his serious concerns about the latest political situation of the country.
"Parties, be one and move ahead. There is no alternative to national consensus that the people want to see happening among you," Khanal quoted the President as saying.
Meanwhile, the Professionals’ Alliance for Peace and Democracy (PAPAD) organised a pressure rally in the capital, demanding constitution within May 27.
The rally begun from Bhrikutimandap reached Ratnapark, and converged into gathering.
Addressing the gathering, PAPAD Chairman Prem Bahadur Khadka who is also the chairman of Nepal Bar Association, urged the parties to bring constitution within May 27. He also urged them not to incite communal hatred and devise ethnicity-based states.
On the occasion, Chairman of the Federation
of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), Shiva Gaule said although the Nepali media witnessed unprecedented attacks this time, the journalists were working with restraint.
Similarly, General Secretary of Nepal University Teachers’ Association, Rameshwor Upadhyay questioned why the political leaders who claimed of drafting 80 percent of constitution two years back failed to complete 20 percent now.
Meanwhile, the Joint Women Association’s Struggle Committee has demanded the four big parties to promulgate pro-people constitution by ensuring the rights of women.
At a press meet organized at Reporters’ Club in the capital on Friday, General Secretary of All Nepal Women’s Association Saraswati Poudel warned of rejecting constitution if it was brought against the aspiration of women.
Similarly, Coordinator of Nepal Progressive Women’s Federation, Sita Subedi, said the women were facing hard times these days because none heeded the common problems of women on time.
Chairperson of Nepal Women’s Association, Dila Sangraula, said there was significant role of women in each democratic movement in Nepal.