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Nepal CA meeting postponed

Deadlocked over key issues linked to the formation of a new Govt, the mainstream parties have postponed the crucial meeting of the Constituent Assembly.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Kathmandu
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2008 08:02 PM IST

Deadlocked over key issues linked to the formation of a new government in Nepal, the mainstream parties on Saturday postponed the crucial meeting of the Constituent Assembly, which has faced disruption by the lawmakers of the Terai-based parties.

The Parliament Secretariat issued a notice on Saturday that the special meeting of the Constituent Assembly has been rescheduled for Monday.

The decision came in the wake of Terai-based Madhsi parties' rejection of the government's decision to amend the Constitution that fell short of declaring the southern plains bordering India a single autonomous region.

The government on Friday endorsed a supplementary bill to amend the interim Constitution and decided to forward the proposal in the Assembly to enact the changes, taking into account various agreements signed in the past by the government with political parties, including Madhesis and indigenous communities.

However, the agitating Madhesi parties rejected the decision as it did not specifically mention declaring Madhes an autonomous region, terming it a "clear deception".

"The decision is a clear deception to the people of Madhes and it cannot address our genuine demands," Rajendra Mahato, President of Sadbhavana Party -- one of the Madhesi groups, told PTI.

The continuous disruption of the House by the Madhsi parties has created roadblocks in the formation of a government by the Maoists, who emerged as the single largest party in the landmark Assembly polls in April.

The House proceedings were stalled for the seventh straight day on Friday with the Madhesi parties' seeking greater autonomy and inclusion of their community in the Nepal Army.

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