Constitution Will Be Promulgated

<br><EM>Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda</EM>

March 5, 2012, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol.: 05 No.-16 Mar. 02-2012 (Falgun 19,2068)<br>

Our party is honestly and sincerely supporting the constitution writing and peace process. We don’t want to deviate from our position. UCPN-Maoist has already sacrificed many things for the peace process. Other political parties, however, see our flexibility as a weakness. Constituent Assembly is our brain child and we don’t want to see its dissolution without promulgation of the new constitution. There are regressive and reactionary forces active to discredit us and Constituent Assembly. I am almost certain that we will promulgate the new constitution, which will protect the rights of dalits, janjatis, farmers and oppressed classes. 

I have to accept the fact that in recent days political parties are heading towards the right direction. Maoists are really committed to the peace process and promulgation of new constitution by May 27. Political parties need to work together for the betterment of the country. If we fail to promulgate the new constitution, it will encourage forces against us. Formation of high level committee among country’s major political parties is a good indication. I am pretty sure that the new constitution will promulgated by the deadline. We don’t have any alternative other than to promulgate the new constitution. We have made a lot of progress in the constitution writing and we can draft it in remaining three months.  Other parties too need to realize the importance of the hour.

We are standing at the crossroads of Nepalese history. To institutionalize the achievements made during the People’s War and People’s Movement II, we must work together to bring the constitution in time. If we fail to promulgate the new constitution, people will blame us. We must act and work together to have the new constitution.

PLA cantonments will be vacated within 2-3 weeks. The cantonments would be vacated within the proposed period, but there should be progress in the constitution drafting and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission fronts. The parties must prepare an objective outline on the integration of combatants on the basis of a non-paper presented by the Army. We don’t want to linger the integration process. The integration process must be honorable.

As per the demand of two parties, we have already decided that all the cantonments will be emptied in less than three weeks and that the Special Committee will take the initiative for that very soon. I want to make it clear to other parties that the ball is now in their court and they have to take drastic decision to fulfill their commitments. My party is committed to the peace agreement and that it will not take more than two or three weeks to empty the cantonments. I had forwarded a proposal at the meeting to complete the integration process within three weeks. I have proposed emptying the cantonments within three weeks. But such a decision should rather be taken by the Special Committee. Maoists have already shown enough flexibility to other parties and the time has come for other parties to take the decision which will help to promulgate the new constitution in time.  If we failed to produce the constitution, all of us will be the loser.

(This is based on media reports.)


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