KATHMANDU: At a time when there is no certainty about the elections of the constituent assembly as the political parties are yet to agree on some key electoral process, Nepal Congress is preparing to form fewer provinces in the Country’s new federal set-up.
A nine-member Nepali Congress task force is preparing to suggest fewer provinces in the country’s new federal set-up. The panel was formed by the Mahasamiti last month to craft the party’s position on key issues will suggest the party go for six or seven provinces in the new constitution. In the Mahasamiti meeting too, a majority of the party members suggested the leadership stand for fewer provinces.
The State Restructuring Commission formed by the government last year has suggested 10 provinces, while the major parties had agreed on 11 provinces, two weeks before the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly.
The NC’s Janajati leaders are threatening to leave the party unless the leadership honours ethnic federalism. On forms of governance, the task force has reinforced the party’s position of a parliamentary system.
The UML recently proposed a prime minister directly elected by the people, while the NC is firm on its stance that the PM should be elected by the parliament. The UCPN-Maoist, meanwhile, is rooting for a directly-elected president. The parties have earlier agreed to adopt a mixed model of governance.
For the Madhes, the task force will suggest an especial social and economic package to retain the party’s position, according to a leader. The party formed the task-force to make the party’s position on the issue of federalism as the NC faced criticism for not making its clear view and not remaining firm in its stance. The NC plans to prepare its election manifesto as per the report submitted by the task force.
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