UCPN (Maoist) leader and former Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai has said that the opposition alliance have not yet left the Constituent Assembly (CA).
Bhattarai denounced the ruling parties are attempting to restate the constitution of 2047 BS through majority based voting process.
Speaking during an interaction program organised at Pokhara on Friday, leader Bhattarai said that the protests were being just carried out against the emphatic decision of CA Chairman Subas Nembang to launch process for constitution drafting on January 25.
He said that the alliance had to move out of the CA for some time as the ruling parties were attempting to resuscitate the old constitution rather than institutionalizing the issues brought up by the current revolution through the CA.
“Our stand is that the CA process should be stopped and the constitution should be drafted through consensus,” he said, “Don’t befuddle yourselves that we quit the CA.”
Leader Bhattarai claimed that the 9-point proposal tabled by the Nepali Congress and CPN-UML was like a design to bring back the old constitution, which caused the dispute and extended the political turmoil.Follow @gorkhapost
2018 to be marked as high-level visit year : Minister Gyawali
KATHMANDU — Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradip Gyawali has said that the year 2018 would be made the high-level visit year to solicit assistance for economic development.
Minister Gyawali, at an interaction programme in the capital city today, said that the high-level visit would be helpful to collect assistance for Nepal’s development and prosperity.
“Homework to invite Indian PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping would begin very soon. Chinese President Xi Jinping was invited in 2016 but his visit could not happen due to change in government. This time, high-level visits from the USA, the UK, Japan and other countries would be arranged,” Minister Gyawali said.
He also added that the visit from Prime Minister of Pakistan held last month increased goodwill and was concentrated on holding the stalled SAARC Summit.
On the occasion, the Foreign Affairs Minister said that truce in Syria should be held as the children are falling victims to the war.
He also pledged to work to increase Nepal’s access to UN adding that our approach is not established in comparison to Nepal’s contribution to peace keeping mission. Minister Gyawali reiterated his commitment to not allow Nepal’s soil to be used against any nation.
The Foreign Affairs Minister said that Nepal’s relations with China and India would be based on our necessity instead of an alternative to one another.Follow @gorkhapost