With just 11 days remaining for Nepal to adopt its new constitution, the ruling coalition government on Monday moved a bill seeking extension of the Constituent Assembly by a year.
The move comes at a time when the main opposition party-UCPN (Maoist) is opposing extension of the CA tenure till the government is removed and a national unity government led by them formed.
The deadline for adopting a new constitution and the tenure of the CA expires on May 28. Political impasse due to differences between the government and the Maoists has severely affected the constitution drafting process.
Amendment of the interim constitution that allows extension of the CA tenure is possible with two-third support from a total of 601 members. It seems impossible as Maoists have over one-third representation.
"We have tabled the bill with the hope that the Maoists will support it keeping in view the people's aspirations," said Minister for Culture Minendra Rijal.
Earlier in the day, the cabinet approved the decision to extend the CA tenure. Ten parties in the ruling coalition also extended their support for the purpose.
On Sunday, the UCPN (M) politburo had decided to announce a draft constitution from the streets on May 29-a day after completion of tenure of the present CA and coinciding with Republic Day.