The Nepali Congress (NC)'s Manifesto Drafting Committee, presided over by its coordinator Vice-president Ram Chandra Poudel along with the top leaders of the party, has fine-tuned its Constituent Assembly (CA) election-focused manifesto during a meeting on Saturday, said a press release stated by the NC Central Office.
“The election of local bodies shall be held within the six months of the formation of the CA,” said committee member Arjun Narsingh KC emerging from the meeting.
The NC has come up with a slogan 'Peace, Prosperity and Federal Democratic Republic Constitution: Vote for Nepali Congress for the Success of Constituent Assembly'.
The party has presented a resolution and roadmap of drafting a democratic constitution based on the foundation of consensus made during the earlier CA. The manifesto has proposed an executive Prime Minister and ceremonial President elected through the parliament.
'There will be bicameral House in the centre and unicameral in the province', KC said emerging out of the meeting today.
The NC has floated an idea of strengthening local government as per the concept of local self-governance by coordinating village, municipality and district at local level and a provision of an elected Chief Minister in the provinces.
The proposal of seven province is in line with the capability of the nation and it would become weaker if the number of province is increased, said central leader Prakash Sharan Mahat.
The Congress has conceptualised three-level state mechanism – federal, provincial and local – and has presented a proposal of seven provinces based on multiple identity, languages and culture and capacity with no political preferential rights. The party has also given an alternative of 13 provinces.
Rapid economic development, investment-friendly atmosphere, eight to ten percent economic growth rate, increment on Nepali's annual income (annual Rs.10,000 in average within five years) and no shutdowns are some of the other points mentioned in the NC manifesto.