Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Yadav Says Deadlock Should End Soon

THT Online
Kathmandu, June 25

Chairman of Madhesi Janadhikar Forum Upendra Yadav said that there should be enough mechanisms to check ruling party's monopoly in national Security Council - a major point of discord between the Maoists and Nepali Congress.
"It was wrong from the very beginning not to have representation of opposition party in the national Security Council and therefore we should change this provision of the constitution," he said in an interaction organised here today. He also clarified that the induction of major opposition in the NSC was not the only option and the political parties should explore other mechanisms if they deemed necessary. CPN-Maoists and CPN-UML are saying that induction of opposition party in NSC is against accepted norms and tradition whereas NC is insisting that in a post conflict country like ours, such mechanism is imperative to maintain checks and balances.
Yadav said polarisation between some parties could enable them to form a new government on the basis of simple majority but that would not help in writing a new constitution as only the two thirds majority could ratified the new constitution.
"Consensus between the parties is the only alternative. If we choose to go by simple majority for the governance, we might confront a situation where we need two thirds majority for each word and clause of new constitution," Yadav stated.
Stating that Nepal Army had already been the citizens' army, as it did not side with feudal forces, he said, "The Maoists should accept this reality and so do others. Nobody should doubt the credibility of Nepal army," Yadav quipped.
He flayed big three parties (NC, UML and Maoists) for not burying there differences and focussing on people's socio-economic concerns.
"People are suffering from acute shortage of necessary goods but the parties are still at loggerheads, we can not afford to prolong the deadlock any more," Yadav said adding that it was the violation of people's mandate to obstruct the process of election of the president on the basis of simple majority.

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