KATHMANDU: With the approaching date for the elections of the Constituent Assembly, the political parties have been expediting preparations for the upcoming elections of the Constituent Assembly (CA). The political parties have been giving final shape to the party manifesto and picking up the candidates for the poll.
Nepali Congress has said that it is preparing to bring out its Constituent Assembly (CA) election manifesto highlighting the party’s policies on the new constitution and the parliament in two separate sections in the next two weeks.
The CA Manifesto Preparation Committee headed by NC Vice President Ram Chandra Paudel, which was formed by the party’s Central Working Committee on August 17, is regularly holding consultations with experts and professionals from different fields such as educationists, lawyers, bureaucrats, economists, and sociologists, according to committee member Gagan Thapa.
A meeting of the committee held consultations today with former chief secretary Bimal Koirala, former finance secretary Rameshwor Khanal, former vice chairman of National Planning Commission Jagadish Chandra Pokharel, former vice chancellor of Tribhuvan University Kedar Bhakta Mathema, including others. The committee is preparing to hold consultations with businessmen this week. The party is trying to present clear views on the issue of Federalism, form of governance among others as the first constituent assembly failed to promulgate new constitution as political parties could not forge consensus on these issues.
NC has sought suggestions from its district wings and will begin drafting the manifesto next week so as to bring it out by the third week of September. UCPN-Maoist, CPN-UML and other political parties have been expediting the preparations for the upcoming CA poll and preparing their menifesto.
Meanwhile, Central Leader of Nepali Congress Sujata Koirala, who has been protesting for not being nominated for the election of the Constituent Assembly, got recommended under the proportional representation system for the Constituent Assembly election.
However, the meeting could not decide which constituency she would contest from. Although Sujata wanted her name recommended from Morang constituency 1 under the PR category, the NC district committee had recommended five other candidates.
Koirala had accused central member Aamod Upadhaya and district committee President Amrit Aryal of betraying her and not recommending her name to end the legacy of former NC President Girija Prasad Koirala. Aryal said the decision to recommend her name was taken at the district committee meeting without determining any constituency.
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