The legislative session of the Constituent Assembly (CA) resumed today at the International Convention Centre in New Baneshwor, Kathmandu, after being interrupted for 12 days following obstructions caused by Madhes-based regional parties demanding constitutional guarantee of an “autonomous Madhes state” and “mass Nepal Army recruitment of Madhesi people”. The CA meeting began its regular business after the disgruntled Madhes-based parties decided to let the CA proceedings move on although they expressed reservations over the newly prepared fifth amendment bill to the interim constitution.
CPN-Maoist Chiarman Pushpa Kamal Dahal underscored that the political parties need to move ahead through consensus upto the amendment to the interim constitution. He opined that the Madhesi parties can table amendment motions if they did not fully agree with the fifth amendment bill registered by the government. “It is clear that the leaders of Madhes-based parties are dissatisfied with the amendment bill pertaining to articles 138, 144 of the interim constitution clear ways to hold more discussions to address their demands”, said Dahal. Madhesi People’s Rights Forum (MPRF) coordinator Upendra Yadav said that the government introduced the new bill breaching the agreements made in the past. “Everywhere in the world, autonomous states are authorised to run their state, administration and judiciary independently,” said Yadav in Hindi, adding, “Unless the Madhes autonomous state is establised, it won’t be free from internal colonialism.”
The CA members representing various political parties expressed their views. The Seven-Party Alliance (SPA) retracted the earlier supplementary amendment bill draft and prepared a new one yesterday to address the demands raised by the disgruntled Madhesi parties. The new draft of the agreement was tabled at the CA yesterday after cabinet approval.