Sunday, August 20, 2006

No place for parliament in interim constitution: Aryal

Coordinator of Interim Constitution Drafting Committee, Laxman Prasad Aryal, has said that the parliament and the present constitution would automatically be dismissed after promulgating the interim constitution.

Speaking at an interaction in Lekhanath, Kaski, on Saturday, Aryal said, “The present constitution and parliament are old clothes being worn for lack of new ones; if there were new clothes, who would wear old ones?”

He said an interim constitution could have been drafted without seeking suggestions from the political parties but such a document would not meet the desire of the people.

Aryal also accused the parliamentarians of wasting time by getting engaged in minor issues and not showing concern on the elections to a constituent assembly.

Aryal also said that announcement of interim constitution has been delayed due to lack of a fixed stance of Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala.

He added that the country has not moved ahead following the spirit of Janaandolan II due to the prime minister's unreliable statements on the monarchy and Maoists.

"The interim constitution is ready. It is stuck because of the dispute over monarchy," Aryal added.

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