NCP standing committee had rejected constitution amendment 2 months ago. How did it come back?

File: Raghuji Panta

Kathmandu, February 26

After the ruling Nepal Communist Party’s failure to prepare a constitution amendment proposal so as to qualify a National Assembly member also become the prime minister, apparently due to objections from within the party, a standing committee member has revealed that the party’s standing committee had rejected such a proposal in December 2019, expressing concerns over how the issue came to the limelight again.

Raghuji Panta said the party’s executive chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal had tabled the proposal, almost as same as discussed of late, but the standing committee did not discuss it once Panta protested vehemently.

“On the last day of the meeting in December, the party chairman tabled the proposal. He said that the party needed to pave the way for Bamdev Gautam to become the prime minister, hence a National Assembly member be allowed to become the PM. He said he wanted to form a task force for the same,” Panta tells Onlinekhabar, “After Dahal’s proposal, there was a silence for around three minutes. No one spoke about it.”

Panta said he broke the silence by raising hand and stating that discussing the constitution amendment could be opening a new Pandora’s Box. “But, the proposal rejected by the standing committee was forwarded to the secretariat,” he lamented. He expressed surprises that no leader in the secretariat opposed the proposal.

Published on February 26th, Wednesday, 2020 10:05 AM

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