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Constituent Assembly revival pact on cards, says Nepal Maoist leader
Publication Date : 16-10-2012
Chairman of Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) Pushpa Kamal Dahal said yesterday political parties of Nepal will soon forge consensus to resurrect the Constituent Assembly (CA) to promulgate a new constitution by incorporating all issues that have been settled so far.
Inaugurating a conference of the People's Progressive Forum, which is associated with the UCPN (Maoist) in Belgium, Dahal said consensus will be had to revive the CA by the end of the Tihar festival, Hindu festival also known as festival of lights.
Dahal, who is on a tour of Europe, said that since fresh elections are not possible prior to drafting the constitution, political parties were positive on reviving the CA.
According to Dahal's aide Shiva Khakurel, the Maoist chairman said his party has shown maximum flexibility when it comes to sorting out thorny issues and accused the Nepali Congress and the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist of failing to reach a conclusion.
Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, who has been advocating for fresh polls, has also changed his mind.
According to his aides, Bhattarai is of the view that as new CA elections are not possible, parties should agree to revice the CA.
“The new constitution should incorporate all issues agreed upon, while the remaining contentious issues can be settled through a parliament,” PM's chief political advisor Devendra Poudel said.