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Final version of new constitution tabled before Constituent Assembly in Nepal

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By NewsGram staff writer

Nepal’s final version of the constitution has been tabled at the Constituent Assembly (CA) meeting for deliberations among parties.

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The final draft of Nepal’s new Constitution was tabled in the Constituent Assembly on 23rd Aug amid protests and slogan-shouting by members of Madhesi parties and other opposition groups.

Constitution Drafting Committee Chairman Krishna Prasad Sitaula tabled the revised draft which included seven provinces rather than the six agreed in the breakthrough deal between the parties earlier this month.
Constituent Assembly Chairman Subas Chandra Nembang has called a meeting of the House for 8 am on Wednesday.

Sitaula presented the bill amidst obstruction posed by Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal whose members chanted slogans demanding restoration of Hindu status of the country in the new Constitution.

The Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) Chairman Krishna Prasad Sitaula on Sunday tabled constitution bill amid protests by Madhes-based parties and Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal, reported Xinhua news agency.

Altogether eleven fringe parties boycotted the CA meeting, expressing displeasure over the seven-province model proposed in the final version of constitution.

Presenting the draft, CDC Chairman Sitaula said constitution drafting process has reached a final stage and asked all the dissident parties to remain in the CA process and express their displeasure.

As Madhes Janadhikar Forum-Loktantrik led by Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar also boycotted CA meeting on Sunday, now all Madhes-based regional parties have stood against the draft constitution.

Deliberations on the final version of constitution will begin on Wednesday.

After the deliberations among CA members, lawmakers will register their amendment proposal on the final version of constitution.

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There were also perceptions that Oli was leaning more towards China than India

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Recent developments in India-Nepal ties across various sectors came up for discussion during a meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Nepalese Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali on Thursday.

“The two ministers reviewed recent developments in bilateral ties across diverse sectors, including progress achieved on the three transformative initiatives launched in 2018 in the areas of agriculture, railways and inland waterways as well as pace of implementation of ongoing bilateral development and connectivity projects,”the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement.

“They expressed satisfaction at the significant progress made in different sectors of cooperation as a result of intensified bilateral exchanges at all levels in recent months,” it said.

According to the statement, the two leaders reiterated their commitment to maintain the new momentum and to further strengthen the traditionally close and friendly ties between the two countries.

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India, Nepal review new developments in ties.

India reset its ties with Nepal last year through a visit by Prime Minister Modi, his first after K.P. Sharma Oli became the Prime Minister.

During the visit, both sides agreed to boost trade and economic links, connectivity via air, land and water, people-to-people ties, with Modi declaring that India will work like a sherpa in the Himalayan nation’s development endeavours.

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This happened after there was a chill in India-Nepal ties during Oli’s earlier stint between October 2015 and August 2016 when a border blockade blamed on New Delhi crippled Nepal’s economy.

There were also perceptions that Oli was leaning more towards China than India. (IANS)