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CA dwells on CPDCC report

Friday, January 16th, 2015
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Kathmandu – Constituent Assembly (CA) on Friday started deliberations on the report submitted by the Constitutional, Political, Dialogue and Consensus Committee (CPDCC).

The CPDCC, one of the CA committees, was tasked with forging consensus on the contentious issues of the new constitution by holding discussions with the top leaders of the major political parties.

Unable to forge consensus, the CPDCC has submitted its report containing the two opposing proposals presented by the ruling NC-UML parties and the 30 party-alliance led by the UCPN (Maoist).

While the ruling NC-UML parties want Nepal to be divided into 7 federal units on the basis of geographical landmarks like Mt Everest and rivers, the UCPN (Maoist)-led alliance is for 10 provinces based on ethnic identity.

The government and opposition camps are also unable to hammer out differences on form of governance, model of judiciary and electoral system.  While both sides are ready to show some flexibility on these issues, they say they are not ready to compromise on the basis of creating federal units.

In the CA’s sixth meeting convened to hold deliberations on the CPDCC report, lawmakers representing all political parties will, one by one, expressing their opinion on the both proposals.

On the first day of the sixth CA meeting on the CPDCC report, lawmakers Baburam Bhattarai, Ramchandra Poudel, Jhal Nath Khanal and Agni Sapkota, among others, expressed on their opinion on the both proposals.

As the government and the opposition camps find it tough to reach a consensus on the contentious issues, the NC and the UML are gearing up to pass the new constitution by using their combined two-thirds strength.

Below is the list of all political parties present in the CA with numbers of lawmakers they have:

NC-UML alliance

 NC-207

UML-183

RPP-13

NCP (ML)-5

Rashtriya Janmorcha-3

CPN (United)-3

Akhanda Nepal-1

Jagaran Party-1

Nepal Janata Dal-1

Bahujan Shakti Party-1

Independent lawmakers-2

Total-420

 

UCPN (M) alliance

UCPN (M)-84

MJF (Democratic)-14

TMDP-11

MJF (Nepal)-10

Sadbhavana Party-6

Federal Socialist Party-5

Madhesi Socialist Party-3

Tarai-Madhes Sadbhavana Party-3

Pariwar Dal-2

Rashtriya Janamukti Party-2

Tharuhat Tarai Party-2

UDNF (Tharuhat)-1

Socialist Party-1

MJF (Republic)-1

Nepa Party-1

Sanghiya Sadbhavana-1

Khambuwan National Front-1

Madhes Samata Party-1

Dalit Janjati Party-1

Total-150

 

RPP-N

RPP-N-21

NMKP-4

Total-25

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