KATHMANDU: Few days after the government announced the date for the elections of the constituent assembly, political parties are divided over the issue. President of the Nepali Congress, Sushil Koirala, has said that there was no alternative to election to the Constituent Assembly (CA) to end the political stalemate in order to institutionalize the achievements made from different movements.
Receiving a memorandum submitted by the Youth Association Nepal (YAN), youth wing of CPN-UML, at his residence at Maharajgunj today, the NC President said that there should be no obstruction to elections from anywhere.
Koirala said attempt to obstruct the election should not be made from anywhere to institutionalize achievements and added no one could obstruct it.
Koirala said that youths should play a responsible role to make the election a success and therefore, they should be mobilized as the future of the country is in the hands of the youths.
He stressed on the need of ensuring broader participation of people by creating environment for election as talks are underway with the dissenting parties.
The 22-point memo submitted by a delegation under the leadership of chairman of YAN, Mahesh Basnet, demanded that CA election should be held in the declared date of November 19 and that top leaders of the major political parties should be active to create election environment. The memo also demands that there should be a provision of threshold of votes for proportional representation, problems of youths should be addressed and there should be 50 per cent youth candidates.
In another context, chairperson of CPN-Maoist leader of the 33-party alliance opposing the election of the Constituent Assembly, said that the election is not possible at the moment by obstructing the core ideology of the People’s War. He said that obstructionist politics was dominant in the UCPN (Maoist) just like in the CPN-UML and Nepali Congress.
“Our party is ready for talks if the ongoing election procedure is halted and all the parties and stakeholders are invited for dialogue,” he added. He reiterated his party’s stance that the 11-point agreement and 25-point proposal on removing the constitutional hurdlers signed among the major four parties should be scrapped and that the incumbent non-partisan government led by Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi should be replaced by a partisan one.
The hardliner leader warned that they would promulgate constitution from the streets by virtue of movement if the major parties went ahead with the CA election disregarding the pleas of the disgruntled parties.
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