Nepal’s opposition party denies to bargain TJM & Citizenship for change of guard


KATHMANDU: Nepal’s opposition party has denied to bargain the formation of electoral government in exchange of Transitional Justice Mechanisms and citizesnhip row as demanded by the ruling Maoist and Madeshi Morcha.

Nepali Congress leader Deep Kumar Upadhaya said that his party will never endorse the Transitional Justice Mechanism Bill prepared by the Bhattarai government in exchange of Chief Justice led electoral government.

Speaking at an interaction program organized by the Reporters’s Club Nepal on Tuesday, Upadhaya said that the TJM Bill has proposed to provide blanket amnesty to all war-era human rights abuses and crimes and added that his party will never support the formation of such mechanisms that don’t oblige with international laws.

Furthermore, Upadhaya said that the Madheshi Morcha’s demand to redistribute citizenship in terrain areas cannot be entertained while speaking at the program presided by the Club’s President Rishi Dhamala.

Stating that the issue of providing hereditary citizenship was not a big issue for the party, he said that forming TJM by going against international convention was against party’s democratic norms

” TJM Bill in its exsiting form cannot be endorsed. Its needs further discussion and if we engage in those discussions, CA elections in May are not possible,” he said asserting the need to drop those issues to form the electoral government.

Speaking at the same program, CPN Maoist Secretary Dev Gurung termed that the formation of electoral government in the leadership of Chief Justice Khilaraj Regmi would unconstitutional.

Gurung said that his party cannot approve such an unconstitutional move and warned that his party will boycott CA elections held by such a government.

Dev Gurung CPN Maoist leader
Dev Gurung CPN Maoist leader at the Reporters Club Nepal on February 19, 2013 (Photo: Mukunda Kalikote

He claimed that the proposal to form electoral government in CJ’s leadership was forced by foreign power sources and asserted that such a government will against the national interests.

” The constitution cannot be amended in absence of the parliament. So any agreement to form electoral government by amending the constitution by going against it cannot be accepted” said Gurung.

” The proposal itself has been brought to foil CA elections, so there is no point in opting for or against the CA elections,” he added.

Elaborating on his party’s stance, Gurung said that his party is ready to discuss resolution for the ongoing crisis, if the ruling parties bring proposal after stepping down from the power.