Statute by May 29 slim: Oli

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KATHMANDU, APR 15 – CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli said on Tuesday that chances of promulgating new constitution within May 29–the Republic Day–are getting slimmer due to time constraints.

The constitution writing process, according to Oli, will be completed within Nepali year 2072.

Addressing a programme organised at his residence in Balkot, the UML chief said, “It looks difficult to promulgate new constitution within May 29, but it can be achieved before the end of this year.”

Parties had missed the January 22 deadline to promulgate new constitution owing to differences over model of federalism. During informal talks, however, the parties have claimed that the new constitution could be promulgated by May 29, saying that it would be a real tribute to those who sacrificed their lives for the cause of republicanism.

Oli said it would take much longer to promulgate the new constitution while following due procedures set by the Constituent Assembly, referring to parties’ repeated failures in resolving federalism–the most disputed issue of the new constitution.

The ruling Nepali Congress and CPN-UML have proposed to federate the country into seven provinces. The main opposition UCPN (Maoist) has come up with two options: to federate the country into six provinces if the other parties agree to name provinces on the basis of multiple identities or to go for eight provinces if the provincial assemblies are to be authorised to name provinces later.

Asked how the parties would promulgate the constitution that they have failed to do for the last eight years, Oli said, “We will opt for the majority process if our efforts to forge consensus eludes at the last moment.”