MIN RATNA BAJRACHARYA
Despite drafting a near finished constitution, Nepal's Constituent Assembly was dissolved because it failed to address some crucial issues. There is little doubt that leaders of the major political parties are responsible for the CA's demise. Nepal's CA was internationally recognised as a unique model of inclusion and representation. But its failure to live up to its reputation has led to widespread speculation that constitution drafting is a technical affair which should be left to the experts.
In four years of extended tenure, there were only 122 CA meetings. Initially Nepalis were hopeful that the CA would address the pressing concerns of the nation. But admiration quickly turned to seething anger when people realised that the body was becoming part of the problem by spending millions of tax payers' money without any tangible return, and its 601 members were loathed for their incompetence.
The unfortunate turn of events mean that seeking fresh mandate is our only viable option. Thus the government's decision to hold elections in November must be seen in this light. However, the work done by this largest representative body should not go to waste and the future CA must build on these accomplishments to save valuable time and resources.