A special ceremony was organized at Khula Manch in the capital to celebrate the commencement of the new constitution on Monday afternoon. At the function, chiefs of three major political parties hailed the enactment of the constitution while urging dissidents to join negotiations.
Addressing the function, UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal remarked that the commencement of the new constitution has heralded a new era in the history of the country, adding that sacrifice and struggle of thousands made it possible.
“Some people were against drafting of new constitution through CA, he said, “But, we secured to promulgate it.”
Saying that proportional representation, secularism, federalism and religious freedom are new specialties of the constitution, the Maoist leader said that all Nepalis have high responsibility to protect, enhance and implement it.
On the occasion, he said that demands regarding citizenship, proportional representations among others of Madhesh have been addressed, adding that grievances over demarcation can be settled through talks.
“Come to table for talks,” Dahal said indicting to Madhesi parties, “We will definitely address genuine demands.”
Thanking neighboring countries, United Nations and others for assistance in constitution writing, he said, “Neighbors respecting our sovereignty can only enhance their sovereignty.”
He urged Indian leaders to cement friendship with Nepal. “Nepal will not follow every order from India,” he said “We will address its interest and concern as a good neighbor.”
Also speaking CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli urged all to celebrate promulgation of constitution.
“There are no reasons for people from any areas to be sad at this moment,” he said.
On the occasion, Oli said that genuine demands can be addressed through talks.
Stating that the new constitution has adopted a special policy to bring the backward communities ahead and has ensured formation of a constitutional commission for the development of different communities, the UML Chair said that the new constitution has created a basis to bring all areas of the country into the mainstream of the development.
He said the new constitution was a democratic constitution and recalled the contributions of Pushpalal, BP Koirala, Ganeshman Singh, Krishna Prasad Bhattarai, Manmohan Adhikari, Madan Bhandari and Girija Prasad Koirala, among others in the democratic movement.
Chairman Oli said, “Solution can be sought after amending the new constitution by holding discussions if there is any problem of Tarai as well as Tharuhat sector.”
He further said that Nepalis have wanted to maintain friendship with neighboring countries by maintaining the country’s dignity and added that Nepalis can never think against India and Indian government should also think in the same way.
He said, “The new constitution has been promulgated with development, unity, national sentiments and progressive thinking. Let’s welcome it.”
Extending gratitude towards all Nepalis on behalf of his party for the new constitution, Chairman Oli assured that his party would be always devoted for the service of the people and the nation.
Also speaking Prime Minister Sushil Koirala also thanked the President, Nepalis citizens, lawmakers, leaders and activists of different political parties, common people and the international community including India and China for their supports for the promulgation of new constitution.
The new constitution has institutionalised federalism, democracy and republicanism and has widened the people’s rights and social justice, PM Koirala said.
Likewise, PM Koirala urged the agitating groups including Tharu and Madhesh-centric parties for talks by ending their agitations to end the problems.
“Your concerns can be resolved through peaceful talks and dialogues. I urge them to sit for talks,” the PM said prodding the agitating sides to come for talks.
Stating that talks and dialogues have addressed the serious issues, Koirala said that the agendas of inclusiveness and proportion representation raised by the Madhes-centric parties were addressed in the new constitution.
The PM stressed the need for working for economic prosperity and development as well as the reconstruction bids in the post-earthquake period.
On the occasion, PM Koirala said that Nepal is willing to move ahead by maintaining harmonious relations with both the neighbouring nations India and China.
During his speech, Prime Minister Koirala also recalled the contributions made by BP Koirala, Ganeshman Singh, Subarna Shumsher, Pushpalal Shrestha, Madan Bhandari, Krishna Prasad Bhattarai and Girija Prasad Koirala.