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Call for talks

Monday, September 21st, 2015

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Top three leaders in Khula Manch on Monday. Photo: RSS

A day after promulgation of Nepal’s new constitution, top three party leaders on Monday appealed to the disgruntled political forces to be ready to end protests and be ready to address the disputed issues through negotiations.

At a ceremony organised in Khula Manch of Kathmandu to welcome Nepal’s Constitution 2015, Prime Minister and Nepali Congress (NC) President Sushil Koirala, UML Chair KP Oli and UCPN (Maoist) Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal urged the disgruntled Madhesis, Tharus and Janajatis to come to talks.

Reading out a written statement, Koirala said: “We are committed to address the concern and dissatisfaction of the agitated parties through dialogues.”

Oli said: “Nothing is unchangeable, and the constitution can be amended to incorporate voices of the disgruntle parties. Promulgation of the new constitution is victory of everyone, and I would request the agitated parties to join us in its celebration.”

Dahal said: “If any community has benefitted from federalism enshrined in the new constitution, it is the Madhesi community. Madhesis now have their own identity-based federal province, and the constitution has also addressed their concerns over proportional representation and citizenship.”

He added: “We are aware that some sections of Madhesi, Tharu and Janajati communities have still questions over the new constitution, we can answer them through talks.”

For the first time in its history, Nepal had adopted a constitution endorsed by an elected assembly of people on Sunday. The Constituent Assembly, which was dissolved subsequently after promulgation of the new constitution, had endorsed it by two-thirds majority.

But not a single Madhesi party has accepted the new constitution. Tharu and Janajati political parties and organisations have also rejected it.

India has not whole-heatedly welcomed the new constitution, stressing the need for broad based ownership and acceptance. All top three leaders on Monday tried to reach out to India by saying Nepal can never think and act against its neighbours.

But Dahal was a bit blunt in his comment. “We want to be friends with India, not their yes men,” he said.




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2 Responses to “Call for talks”

  1. namah on Says:

    but PKD is India’s yes man

  2. Hemant Kumar on Says:

    Top three jokers, not leaders!!!

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