Nepali Times Asian Paints
Constitution Supplement
"I will speak up for the landless and Dalits"



DEVRAJ POKHREL
How is the constitution writing going?

It was postponed until Chhat (24 Nov). We have been moving forward since. Six committees have already presented their drafts, which have been discussed in the Assembly. We hope the rest of the drafts will be presented soon.

Will the constitution be written on time with all the dilly-dallying?
Of course. We don't have an alternative. We will all drown if we don't write the constitution. So, the challenge is whether we should ruin our careers
or write the constitution on time.

Who is to blame for the current delay in the process?
All parties, including the Maoists, are weakening the process. We can't write the constitution until the parties reach a consensus.

Do you think the delay is caused by the Maoists' obstruction of the parliament?
One House's effect is obviously felt in the other House. Obstruction in the parliament means trouble for parliamentarians. When they are affected, that is obviously going to affect the CA. Representatives shouldn't be held hostage to sloganeering to create chaos.

What are your experiences since joining the CA?
I used to talk about Dalits and the landless back in my village. So I will be raising those issues here as well. I am also looking at what can be done for women. Dalit issues have been discussed a lot in the CA, and I have been participating in those discussions.

READ ALSO:
Constitution 2010, Nepali Times coverage of issues related to writing the new constitution



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