Monday, May 22, 2006

Do not forget people's movement : Former Justice

Former Supreme Court Judge Laxman Prasad Aryal on Sunday said the election to Constituent Assembly (CA) would consolidate the achievements of the people's movement.

The polls to Constituent Assembly should start soon, he said, while at the same time calling for a dialogue between the government and Maoists. Before that, an interim government should draft an interim Constitution, Aryal said.

Inclusive democracy will begin with the Assembly election, Aryal said, adding: "The empowerment of people is the most important issue and the Assembly, where all sectors of the society will be represented, will serve the purpose very well." He was speaking at an interaction organised by the Civil Awareness for Constituent Assembly.

The People's movement has vested sovereignty with the people and shown that they alone can make the ultimate decision, he said. "Amendment of some laws and the CA polls are necessary to honour their aspirations."

"Each person should be able to enjoy the fruits of democracy and there should be no discrimination of any kind from now on. We are confident that the CA will resolve the fundamental problems that are plaguing the country now," said Aryal.

Talking about the King giving up his powers and agreeing to CA, the former SC judge said: "The people's power forced the monarch to agree to such steps. If the achievements of the people's movement are not consolidated on time, there are enough conspirators around who are busy hatching devious plots."

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