Nabindra Raj Joshi
NC leader, Nepal
Q1: What say you of the new Charter? Will it be promulgated on time or not?
Joshi: At any cost the new constitution has to be promulgated. No one should think of it in any negative manner. It must come on time which is what the entire population desire. Given these conditions, the leaders must bring the new constitution.
Q2: How can you all settle the differences over how many federal states do we need for the nation in the remaining short span of some less than twenty days or so?
Joshi: The federal democratic republic is the main spirit of the new constitution. That is why the parties abandoning their petty political preferences should now concentrate and begin searching on how to strengthen the nation and our existing unity among the people. Efforts must be made on how to enhance the conditions of the people than what we have as of now. We must converge on this point. We have now with us little options left. A common point must be found.
Q3: Many believe that the constitution may approach, however, not a complete one as desired?
Joshi: Yes! A constitution that should have been a complete one is perhaps not possible because of the short time left for its draft. A complete constitution demands a careful attention in selections of the words and body language and thus it may not be possible to include all the necessary elements in the new constitution because of the paucity of time. That is why let’s not be that much excited over receiving a complete constitution, however, the primary points need for the constitution may come in the form of a preliminary draft. This will determine and guide how the state will move in the days ahead, and also about what were the rights of the common population? We have to accept this as the primary draft of the full constitution. I wouldn’t say that we will get a full and complete constitution instead I can say that we may get a primary sketch of the constitution at best.
Q4: So should we conclude that you wish to extend the CA term once more by amending the constitution in order to get the full version of the constitution? Is this what you want to say?
Joshi: Well, as and when we bring in the main draft of the constitution then still a debate will remain as to whether or not the CA term is extended. But yet the legislative parliament will remain because we have to formulate laws and by-laws and more over we have to conduct the general elections. The CA term extension debate will continue yet by May 27, it could be presumed that most of the jobs pertaining to the constitution draft will have completed by then.
Q5: It is being widely believed that the issue of constitution draft much depends upon the Indian will. Some even say that India is already drafting the primary sketch of the Nepal constitution. What say you?
Joshi: We are not that much dependent. Yes! We must cultivate intimate relations both with China and India. That is different. The constitution has to be drafted by the Nepalese themselves. Yes! If we continue to fight with each other and then seek other’s support then the things could be different. Or else, the Charter has to be drafted by the Nepali people. It is just a matter of propaganda that India or for matter any other country is drafting our constitution. This is just a deliberately made propaganda.
Q6: Are you sure that your party-the NC-will take the lead of the government command much ahead of may 27 deadline? Okay! If the NC is allowed to lead the national unity government then who will be the next Nepal PM from your party? Don’t you think of a fresh debate in your party in waiting for grabbing the opportunity to lead?
Joshi: I think our party will form a new government soon. I also presume that by time of the constitution being promulgated, the NC will have already formed its government.
The leader of the NC parliamentary delegation, Mr. Ram Chandra Poudel’s chances are high. His possibilities remain high.
Text courtesy: The Nepali Patra Weekly dated May 4, 2012. Thanks.