Why UML is against 601-member CA size?

KATHMANDU: Chairman of the Interim Election Council of Ministers Khil Raj Regmi and top leaders of the CPN-UML held discussions regarding the preparations of the upcoming elections to the Constituent Assembly (CA).

During the meeting, the UML leaders have focused on two points—downsize of the CA size to 491 and provision of one percent threshold for the parties’ representation in the CA.

However, a large number of ethnic communities are against both the ideas while political parties including the UCPN (Maoist) and Madhesi Morcha are open to maintain the previous size of 601 members of the CA claiming that that would ensure representation of all communities.

“We are against the 601-member size of the CA. Previously too the CA size was vehemently criticized,” UML leader Agmi Kharel who was present at the meeting told reporters.