The Nepali Congress, following whose leadership the constitution was published four years past, has restated its pledge to improving the constitution as per the needs of marginalized organizations, including the Madhesi and inherent communities.
A central committee conference of the party, which closed last Tuesday, signed a 17-point modern political proposal proffered by Joint General Secretary Prakash Sharan Mahat, who stated that the party would make constitution reform one of its protest agendas if the government sank to address them.
“The Nepali Congress is committed to the amendment proposal presented by the Sher Bahadur Deuba-led government,” declares the proposal. “The
[KP Sharma Oli] government has not only shelved the remaining proposals for constitution amendment presented by the Deuba-led government, including issues related to the people of Tarai-Madhes, women, and indigenous nationalities but is also tightening their rights.”
As per Congress leaders, members of the party’s central board expressed both for and against the approved bill proposal. Leaders serving the Tarai-Madhes, including Mahendra Yadav and Ananda Prasad Dhungana, were strongly in support of the proposal, including Dhanraj Gurung and Bal Krishna Khand, were for not opening the “Pandora’s box”.
As per a member of the central working committee at the meeting, the leaders talking on the proposal stated that they shouldn’t grow the problem while they are a minority in the House. Khand stated that if they pushed for legal amendments, this government, which holds a two-thirds majority in Parliament, could rather amend the agreement to endorse a directly-elected President or prime minister, according to a central member.
The constitution was enlisted and passed by the second Constituent Assembly in September 2015 while the occupancy of the late Congress president Sushil Koirala as prime minister, despite serious reservations from the Madhes-based parties, Tharus and Janajatis.
In reply to the reservations, the first amendment to the constitution was established in January 2016 while KP Sharma Oli was the prime minister, but disgruntled groups stated it was too little, too late.
Seven-point Constitution Amendment Bill was recorded in Parliament by the Pushpa Kamal Dahal-led alliance government in August 2016. The program was then put by the Deuba-led government to a choice, but it deserted to collect the required two-thirds majority, as the Rashtriya Prajatantra Party skipped the vote during the CPN-UML did not support the move.
The suggested amendments involved redrawing the provincial borders, identification of languages, discussing matters linked to citizenship, and representation in the National Assembly to discuss the needs of the Madhes-based parties.
Though the new government following Oli got the aid of two Madhes-based parties Rashtriya Janata Party-Nepal and the Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum-Nepal constitution amendment was nevermore on the list.
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