Attending a function celebrating the 50th anniversary of the parliamentary democracy today, leaders of the big parties remained adamant on their own definition of civilian supremacy – contrasting views that have resulted in the parliamentary process remaining deadlocked.
Addressing the function in the capital Tuesday, Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal said civilian supremacy can only be maintained when constitutional supremacy is guaranteed. “The rule of law is the essence of civilian supremacy and continued hindrance to parliamentary process cannot retain that supremacy or rule of law,” Nepal said hinting at the deadlock in parliament due to the Maoists.
"Creating unnecessary disputes in order to fulfill narrow political and vested interests will serve no purpose," he further said.
He urged the parties not get entangled in petty disputes and move ahead keeping in mind the wide-ranging national interests.
"Where the constitution is held supreme, where the people enjoy their basic human rights, where there is total press freedom and rule of law, there you will surely find civilian supremacy and freedom," he said.
Parliamentary Party leader of Nepali Congress Ram Chandra Poudel also echoed the same sentiment stating early end of the deadlock at the parliament is essential to let democracy function well. He stressed on politics of consensus and cooperation to end the bitter differences existing among the parties. He has urged the Maoists to end House disruption and open up for dialogue.
Speaking at the same programme, senior Maoist leader Dr Baburam Bhattarai alleged other parties of promoting military supremacy. Claiming that civilian supremacy can be restored only if President Dr Yadav withdraws his step to reinstate army chief Rookmangud Katawal, Dr Bhattarai said his party is ready for politics of consensus and ending the House deadlock if other parties agree to term the presidential step a unconstitutional one.
Speaker Subash Nemwang expressed dissatisfaction at the repeated disruption of the House due to increasing differences among the political forces and cautioned them to let the public issues be debated at the parliament instead of those of the political parties. He asked the party leaders to sit for talks and find the solution at the earliest possible.
Various association and organizations have been celebrating this day to mark the formation of the country's first elected parliament in 2016 B.S nepalnews.com ia June 30 09