JANAKPUR: Stating that the four political parties have agreed to make the 491 member constituent assembly, Nepali Congress president Sushil Koirala has claimed that Constituent Assembly seats cannot be increased from as mentioned in the recently introduced election ordinance.
Talking to journalists in Janakpur on Thursday, Koirala said overturning the agreement to have a 491-member CA seats would only prove the unreliability of the political forces and that the agreement must hold.
Koirala also expressed his confidence that the agitating parties would come on board sooner or later and expressed his confidence that the elections of the constituent assembly would take place at the stipulated date on November 19.
Meanwhile, Koirala, whose Janakpur visit coincided with former King Gyanendra’s visit, said that just like any other citizen the ex-King was also free to visit any part of the country and that there is no point to overreact to this current visit.
Earlier, Nepali Congress remained adamant to its stance on one percent threshold for the elections of the constituent assembly and qualification of candidates.
Meanwhile addressing a program in Kavre Central Member of Nepali Congress Gagan Thapa termed that the existence of High Level Political Committee (HLPC), the cross-party taskforce formed to assist the government, is meaningless. He added that the government should be allowed to work independently by dissolving the HLPC.
“The government should be allowed to work in an independent manner by scrapping the committee.” He added the cross-party committee should trust the government formed through consensus among the parties.
Saying that there is no alternative to going for Constituent Assembly (CA) election slated for November 19, Thapa said the talks held with the poll-opposing parties were nothing more than formality. “The government should hold honest dialogue with the disgruntled parties. The parties should also exhibit utmost flexibility during the talks. The government should move ahead for elections if the dissenting parties do not show interests to go for polls, despite all the efforts on its part.”
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