Nepali Congress and three Madhes-based parties — Madhesi Peoples’ Rights Forum (Democratic), Sadbhawana Party and Terai Madhes Democratic Party remained absent.
A cabinet meeting later decided to table a motion in the Constituent Assembly to extend the deadline by amending the interim constitution with a two-third majority vote.
The tenure of the CA, which is entrusted with drafting the new constitution, was extended by a year on May 28 last year. Nepal’s lawmakers have failed to give the country its new constitution within the deadline.
Resentment is brewing among the public against lawmakers for their failure to draft a new constitution and conclude the peace process despite expiry of the deadline twice.