The Constituent Assembly (CA) plans to give the political parties some more days for settling the constitution-related disputes in consensus while putting the questionnaires report on hold.
The full CA meeting is scheduled for Thursday and the questionnaires report prepared by the CA’s Proposal Drafting Committee will be tabled at the plenary for endorsement.
Sources at the CA secretariat said that the proposal will be tabled and endorsed without any deliberations over it by the full CA.
“There is no need to hold further deliberations over the questionnaires because lawmakers repeatedly aired their views on the same list of disputes when the Constitutional Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee (CPDCC) presented its reports at the full CA six different times,” said a highly-placed source at the CA secretariat. “Therefore, the questionnaires report will be tabled at the plenary and subsequently endorsed right there and then.”
CA Chairman Subas Nembang and some leaders close to him are reportedly planning to allow around 10 more days for the political parties in view of the latest developments with regard to bridging the gap between the ruling and opposition parties.
Following the prime minister’s formal call for talks, the opposition parties on Monday have shown some indications of a rapprochement.
The opposition parties had taken to the streets against the decision to form the questionnaire committee over their vehement protests.
CA Chairman Nembang had announced the formation of the committee on January 25 amid sloganeering by lawmakers from opposition parties, including the UCPN (Maoist) and Madhes-based parties. The committee, which is boycotted by most of the opposition parties, converted all the remaining disputes over constitution-making into questionnaires in an objective format and submitted the report to Nembang on Tuesday.
The questionnaires were prepared with a view to settle the disputes through majority vote in the full CA, as consensus efforts yielded no results even after a long time. However, the opposition parties remain strongly opposed to producing the new statute through a majoritarian course.
Sources said Nembang is for settling the disputes by putting the questionnaires to a vote and subsequently forwarding the report to the CA’s statute drafting committee for preparing the first draft of the new constitution.
“After getting the report endorsed from the CA plenary, the parties will be given some more days for seeking consensus,” said a source close to Nembang. “But the CA will put the questions to a decision [voting] if consensus still eludes because it can’t hold things up for long.”
The sources also said that the CA can stall the procedure even midway if the parties agree to settle the disputes, or even a section of the disputes, in consensus.
“We can send the section of the report which is already settled in consensus to the CPDCC and task it to prepare a consensus report on this same section while the rest of the questions can be settled through majority voting in the full CA,” said the sources.