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Nepal’s ruling alliance for fresh CA poll

Nepal’s ruling coalition has made up its mind to go for fresh elections to the Constituent Assembly, as the opposition NC and CPN-UML parties continue to oppose their idea of a single ethnicity based federal structure for the country.

The ruling alliance has put forth as condition, the adoption of single ethnicity based federal structure in the constitution, for the reinstatement of the dissolved CA.

A meeting of the coalition partners – UCPN (Maoist) and United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) – held at the Prime Minister’s official residence took a decision to this effect, sources close to the ruling alliance said.

The ruling parties reached this agreement as the Nepali Congress and CPN-UML appear unlikely to accept the single ethnicity based federal model.

While the UCPN-Maoist and other parties in the ruling coalition are in favour of single-ethnicity based federal model, Nepali Congress and CPN-UML are for federating the country into a multiple-ethnicity-based model. ‘The ruling parties have agreed to go for fresh CA elections if the NC and UML did not agree on the ethnic identity based federalism to be incorporated in the new statute before reviving the CA,’ Sadbhawana Party chairman Rajendra Mahato said.

Mahato added that if the opposition parties do not agree to their proposal, there would be no option but conduct a fresh CA election to draft the constitution.

Nepal has plunged into deeper political and constitutional crisis after the Constituent Assembly was dissolved on 27 May without the promulgation of the constitution.

The top leaders who are meeting this evening include Maoist chief Prachanda and  Nepali Congress president Sushil Koirala.
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