Two schools of thoughts about the next course of action in the Constituent Assembly are likely to dominate four forces’ talks tomorrow.
According to a Constituent Assembly Secretariat source, leaders are considering to urge CA Chairman Subas Chandra Nembang to let debate in the CA continue for another two-three days, as the leaders expect to forge consensus on the constitutional issues/the process to be followed to settle the disputed issues of constitution or give the Constitutional-Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee another chance to forge consensus on the disputed issues.
But if the parties agree to give the CPDCC another chance to forge consensus, the CA is likely to tell the panel to submit its report within three-four days and the CA will schedule the next meeting of the apex body, a day after the CPDCC’s deadline to forge consensus ends.
The source said the leaders, particularly the ruling parties, were in favour of giving the CPDCC only a limited time to submit the report, so that it cannot prolong the debate in the panel as happened the last time.
Most of the ruling parties’ CA members who have taken part in the debate on CPDCC’s report in the CA have said that the task of forging consensus on disputed issues should not be given to the CA panel anymore.
CA Chairman Nembang today held discussion with four top leaders — Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala, CPN-UML Chair KP Sharma Oli, Unified CPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and United Democratic Madhesi Front leader Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar — regarding the next course of action.
The CA chair had asked the top leaders to forge consensus until January 5 on the contents of the constitution or the process to be followed to settle the constitutional issues but party leaders failed to do so.
Nembang said party leaders assured him that they would come up with some solution tomorrow.
“I told them that the debate on the CPDCC’s report will probably end tomorrow. I told them they should either forge consensus or tell me what I should do. I also asked them whether they wanted to forge consensus in the CA or the CPDCC,” Nembang told a group of mediapersons.
Party leaders, he added, assured him that they wanted to promulgate the new constitution on the basis of consensus.
Emerging from the meeting, Oli said he was flexible on other matters but would not compromise on the ideals of democratic constitution. Asked if he supported the idea of giving the CPDCC yet another chance to forge consensus, Oli replied, “Whatever is required to frame the new constitution will be done.”