We are members of the CA and the Parliament at the same time, so we have dual responsibilities. But the Maoists have been obstructing parliamentary proceedings. This has affected constitution-writing and disrupted the peace process. We hold committee meetings but other things do not look encouraging.
Will the constitution be written?
We are trying our best. We have to give something to the people within the stipulated time. Constitution writing is also part of the peace process.
Where is the debate on a people's parliament and the house of representatives heading?
We are committed to democratic norms and values. No one should have hidden agendas. The main conflict is between totalitarian and democratic forces.
What do you think of the Maoists' proposal for state restructuring?
Their concept is not viable geographically, economically or socially.
Are any efforts being made to win over those who think autonomy will lead to the disintegration of the country?
There should be consensus on the basic principles of constitution writing to move ahead in this process. Federalism does not work with the politics of revenge and slaughter. We can take our opponents into confidence if there is unity among the pro-republicans.
What needs to be done to write the constitution on time?
Consensus and cooperation among political parties, unhindered parliamentary proceedings and helping state mechanisms to function smoothly.