Sunday, 21st December 2014

President pulls strings with smaller parties


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President Ram Baran YadavAs major parties leave the question of who will call the first CA meeting to the court, President Ram Baran Yadav is continuing consultations to be the one to summon the meeting. After calling of leaders of major parties, President Yadav met with senior leaders of smaller parties who have been elected in the CA at Shital Niwas on Sunday.

Early Sunday morning, the president met with Narayan Man Bijukchhe of Nepal Majdur Kisan Party to speak on the issue. In the meeting, Bijukcche said that according to the international practice, the President should call the first meeting of the CA, on the recommendation of the council of ministers.

“As the head of the state the president should call the meeting,” Bijkchhe said after the meeting. He also added that the decisions taken by the top four parties should not be considered as the  

After Bijukcche, the president held a combined meeting with senior leaders of other smaller parties. In the meeting, the president stressed that the first meeting of the CA should convene on time and discussed on who should summon the meeting. Asserting that the conflict between the president and the chairman of the interim government should not progress more, the leaders said this should not become an issue of prestige. They said that the council of ministers should recommend the president to summon the meeting.

“It is the government’s responsibility to call the meeting,” said Prem Bahadur Singh of Samajbadi Janata Party. “We have come to this political stage through many amendments. If there are any technical hurdles to allow the President to call the first meeting, they should be ironed out.”

Present in the meeting were Rukmani Chaudhary of Sanghiya Loktantrik Rastriya Manch (Tharuhat), Prem Bahadur Singh of Samajbadi Janata Party, Hari Charan Sah of Nepali Janata Party, Raj Kishor Yadav of Madhesi Janaadikar Forum (Ganatantrik) and Keshab Man Singh of Nepa Rastriya Party. Megh Raj Nepali of Madhes Samata Party, Lok Mani Dhakal of Janajagaran Party and Anil Jha of Sanghiya Samajwadi Party were also present in the meeting.

Meanwhile, President Yadav has called a tea party on Tuesday to congratulate the government for successfully conducting the CA election and to wish the elected candidates.

As per the constitutional provision, the first meeting of CA shall be held within the 21 days of the publication of CA candidates' final name list in the national gazette. Article 51 (1) of the constitution provides that the President shall summon the Legislature-Parliament meeting time to time on recommendation of the Prime Minister and Article 51(2) states the President would prorogue the House session on recommendation of the Prime Minister. However, Article 69(1) specifies a provision that the first meeting of the CA would take place at the call of the Prime Minister.


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