Paudel challenges leaders to come up alternatives or to support CA reinstatement

Ram Chandra Paudel

KATHMANDU: Nepali Congress Vice President Ram Chandra Poudel has opined the reinstatement of the Constituent Assembly (CA) would be the best alternative to promulgating the new constitution Assembly if a consensus is forged on all the disputed issues in the constitution-drafting.

Taking part in a face-to-face programme organised by the Reporters’ Club at his residence at Boharatar today, Poudel said that he was committed to giving a way out to the nation from existing political and constitutional crisis.

He said that he was ready to go for any alternatives- whether the reinstatement of the CA or holding the fresh election- to give an outlet to the country from the existing crisis.

He urged the political parties to think about the best solution to the present crisis rather than protesting the proposal of CA revival and advocating for the fresh election in a one-sided manner.

Claiming that new elections could not be held under the leadership of the incumbent government, he warned that Dr Baburam Bhattarai would be compelled to quit the post and come to a consensus through protests if he declined to step down in time.

It may be noted that, however, NC President Sushil Koirala was stating that he was not in line of the proposal of reviving the CA.

Poudel further claimed that UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s proposal to promulgate the new constitution incorporating the agreed issues was the concept of the Nepali Congress and it was presented before the political parties before May 27. “Now, the opposition parties will take ahead protests and talks simultaneously to break the political and deadlock in the country”, he said. RSS