Kathmandu, June 15
President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav Friday reiterated that consensus among political parties was the only way out to end the current political deadlock in the country.
Launching a book entitled "Revisiting the Nepali Peace Process", written by Professor Dr. Birendra Prasad Mishra, here, President Yadav said that he was committed to remaining within the constitutional boundaries by bringing all the political forces to one platform for reconciliation.
"We have come to this situation because we have time and again failed to institutionalize democracy in the country," he said, adding, the civil societies’ role had shrunk when it came to pressurize the political parties in the recent times.
Praising the book as highly relevant in the present context, President Yadav said that it would provide a comprehensive insight to all who were keen to know about Nepal’s peace process.
CPN-UML leader Pradeep Gyawali said that Mishra’s book came at a time when political crisis loomed across the nation following the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly.
He said that the book had perfectly coined the flaws of the peace process and contained good analysis about the reasons behind its failure.
"It is unfortunate that the political parties treated the peace process as a strategy to gain power rather than serving the people’s interests," Gyawali said, adding that there was no alternative to political consensus for ending the political stalemate.
Ramesh Lekhak, leader of Nepali Congress, said that the book had the capacity to serve as a strong documentary evidence of Nepali peace process in the future.
He said that Mishra had balanced himself to remain supportive and critical on analyzing the various aspects and components of peace process.
"The book offers insight about both positive and negative features of the peace process in a rational manner," he added.
Lekhak also insisted that Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai’s decision to dissolve the CA was an unconstitutional move and said that there was no alternative to constitutional amendment.
Speaking about his book, Mishra said that it was merely his effort to show the people what he had seen and experienced about Nepali peace process over the years.
He said that the political unity after the 12-point agreement had turned into a power struggle following the CA election.
He added that the procedures regarding the CA election and its working approach and formation of monitoring committee had all gone awry.