After the parties failed to find consensus on the contentious issues of constitution writing, a meeting of the Constituent Assembly has been called on April 6.
The CA secretariat announced the meeting by issuing a notice. The Assembly was adjourned on February 12 to provide time for dialogue but the political parties failed to make any headway in the 45-day period.
The latest time frame served by CA Chairman Subas Nembang for the ruling and opposition parties to build accord on the contents of the constitution being drafted expired on Sunday.
After announcing the date, Nembang said the parties still have the time to seek accord on the disputed agendas if they try in earnest. He was under pressure from the ruling parties to convene the Assembly as soon as possible.
“If the parties fail to reach any understanding by April 6 mid-day, the Assembly will proceed as per its regulations and established practices,” Nembang said. When the CA resumes the majority process, the already frayed relationship between the ruling and opposition blocs is likely to worsen.
A meeting of the top leaders from the Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML earlier on Sunday agreed to go for the CA process while continuing talks with the opposition on the constitutional contents.
“The statute will now be promulgated by following the process prescribed by the CA regulations,” said UML Chief Whip Agni Kharel.
The CA meet will start the voting process on the disputes on the basis of the report submitted by the Questionnaire Committee of the CA that has prepared 232 objective questions on eight issues. Federalism, electoral system, judiciary and forms of government are the major areas of disagreement. The UCPN (M) and Madhes-based parties have already announced that they would not be part of the majority process. Unlike in parliamentary sessions, opposition participation is not mandatory in CA meetings. Even though the parties have a week for talks, the environment has been spoilt with the Maoist, Madhesi and Janajati parties enforcing their second phase of protests.