Nepal: Maoists to boycott constituent assembly

  • Utpal Parashar, Kathmandu
  • Updated: Jan 29, 2015 02:34 IST

Opposition Maoists in Nepal on Wednesday decided to boycott the constituent assembly as protest against the move by ruling parties to promulgate the constitution by majority vote.

Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), the main opposition party, which leads the 30-party alliance seeking constitution through consensus, announced the move after a meeting of its parliamentary committee.

Party leader Agni Sapkota stated constituent assembly members from UCPN(M) would abstain from all proceedings of the assembly and also be absent at parliamentary committee meetings.

Instead representatives have been asked to go to their respective constituencies to strengthen the protest programmes and inform the masses about the unilateral move by ruling parties to draft the new statute through vote.

The opposition alliance has already announced protests and mass demonstrations across the country till February 28.

While the opposition parties are hardening their stance, the ruling parties have invited the former for talks and are hopeful the deadlock over the new constitution will be resolved soon.

Prime Minister Sushil Koirala stated on Wednesday that the ongoing impasse will end with talks.

Opposition and ruling parties are divided on four issues, judiciary, federalism and types of government and election, in the new statute. The former wants consensus on them while the latter seeks to settle them through vote.

The deadlock resulted in lawmakers missing the January 22 deadline of promulgating the constitution.

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