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Constitution Supplement
"Flag's no big deal"



What do you do now that the CA is suspended?
We attend meetings for the drafting and parliamentary committees and sessions.

Which CA committee are you in?
I am in the Committee on Fundamental Rights and Directive Principles. We're still working on our draft report and concept paper. We are debating progressive land reform and prohibitions on regressive forces from opening parties.

Is it possible to ban political parties in a multiparty system?
Everyone, except regressive forces, should be free to open political parties.

Your party has been disrupting parliament. Doesn't that affect the constitution writing process?
This is the government's fault, not ours, and it hasn't slowed the constitution writing process.

Why is the constitution writing process not gaining momentum?
Because of political instability, lust for power, the security situation and political disagreements. Once political consensus is reached, the constitution will be written on time.

The Maoists gave out a separate province for Koche but not for Dalits. Why?
I'm a Dalit myself, and we realised that Dalits aren't a majority in any region, which is why they won't have a province to themselves. But we have suggested proportional representation, which will ensure Dalit representation in the legislature.

What do you think of changing the national flag?
It's being discussed but isn't a big deal. I'm not that rigid about it.



LATEST ISSUE
638
(11 JAN 2013 - 17 JAN 2013)


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