KATHMANDU, Feb 4: Constituent Assembly (CA) Chairman Subas Nembang has said the time has come to revive the Political Committee, which is represented by top leaders of four major political forces–Nepali Congress (NC), CPN-UML, UCPN (Maoist) and the alliance of Madhes-based parties–for improving interparty relations and creating an environment favorable for expediting the constitution-making process.
Nembang said the political committee can be instrumental in normalizing the interparty relations and ending the ongoing deadlock at the CA.
“The major task of the political committee is to prepare favorable political environment when interparty relations sour,” Nembang told reporters at his chamber at Singha Durbar on Tuesday. “So the top leaders´ committee can be one of the forums that can contribute to ending the ongoing deadlock.”
Nembang informed that he has also communicated the proposal, through second-rung leaders, to top leadership.
The committee, which is to be headed by chiefs of the four major political forces on rotational basis, has remained dormant for the past few months as the ruling Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN-UML had earlier stood against allowing the committee to discuss the disputes of constitution-making. UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who headed the committee at first, pushed for its role in constitution making-related issues as well. UCPN (Maoist) chief whip Girirajmani Pokharel said the political committee can play its role only if the ruling parties become ready to take ahead the constitution-making process only in consensus and CA Chairman Nembang corrects the majoritarian course started in the CA. He argued that opposition leader Dahal alone can´t improve the situation since the top leaders of ruling parties were not serious for improving the situation.
“The prime minister is making some superficial moves just for public consumption while UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli has made remarks aimed at further vitiating the situation,” Pokharel told Republica. “In such a situation, how can Prachandaji [Dahal] alone can normalize the situation through the political committee?”
Also, the idea of reactivating the political committee has not impressed NC Joint General Secretary Purna Bahadur Khadka either. He said that since the committee is primarily mandated to help in accomplishing the remaining tasks of the peace process, the committee´s role in ending the present deadlock is not relevant.
“If the leaders sincerely want to settle the issues, they don´t need any forum. They can hold a meeting anywhere and reach a political understanding,” Khadka told Republica. “If they don´t have political will any forum can´t help.”