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NC in trouble after opting for republic: Deuba

 -  The Himalayan Times

Dec 13 2007 - Former prime minister and Nepali Congress (NC) leader Sher Bahadur Deuba said today that the NC has stepped into a political quagmire after it made a decision on February 2 to cut off support to the constitutional monarchy and go for a republic.

Deuba was speaking at a press meet organised here by the Banke district chapter of the Press Union Nepal. Stating that efforts were on to resolve the prevailing
political deadlock, Deuba said consensus was not emerging because the Maoists were adamant on their stance.

He added that the Nepali Congress should give the people the right to decide whether to retain constitutional monarchy or discard it.

He warned that the constituent assembly (CA) polls would be very long in coming if the system of fully proportional CA polls were to adopted.

People made the April uprising successful, Deuba said, adding that the declaration of a republic without taking the people into confidence was invalid at both the national and international levels. The nation should be made a republic only if the people give a mandate for it in the constituent assembly polls, he said.
“Going for fully proportional polls is an uphill task. The whole process would take two to three years. The more the constituent assembly polls are delayed, the greater the political uncertainty will be,” he said, adding that the peace process also will suffer a setback.

To a query on the Madhesi MPs’ resignation, Deuba said, “It is the democratic right of an individual to quit a party or float a new one. Their resignation has no bearing on any party or anyone. They have merely exercised their democratic right.”

Deuba said that the Madhesi people were not in favour of secession. He added that the problems in the Madhes were political ones and should be solved at the political plane.

The Maoists have not kept their promise to return the seized property of civilians, he said.

Responding to another query on Prachanda’s statement about the need for an alliance with nationalist royalists, Deuba said, “We had a declared policy of cooperation with the king. That policy was scrapped after February 2. The Maoist policy towards the king was always undeclared. Whether that has been scrapped or not, one should ask Prachanda.”

Source : The Himalayan Times


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