Nepal polls: Constitution Amendment main agenda for agitating parties

ANI | Updated: Nov 07, 2017 23:34 IST

Kathmandu [Nepal], November 7 (ANI): The agitating parties of Nepal who underwent protests in the southern plains of the country are now taking the Constitution Amendment as main agenda for the forthcoming election.

The agitating parties, who have merged to form Rastriya Janata Party, will be contesting the Parliamentary and the Provincial election, scheduled for November 26 and December 7 respectively.

The General Secretary of the Rastriya Janata Party- Nepal (RJP-N) Keshav Jha acknowledged about party putting forward the agenda of amendment in the election campaign.

"As of now the main issue for upcoming election for us is the constitution amendment. Previously, we claimed that the constitution is incomplete, amendment is required to make it complete and went to protest for six months which is the longest protest in the world history. We have made an attempt to amend it in which we got 57 percent votes in favour of it in the parliament," Jha told ANI.

The amendment bill, which was opposed by the opposition, was turned down as it lacked the two-third majority as some of the parties who voted for Sher Bahadur Deuba to be Prime Minister turned against it.

Now the agitating parties have again stated it as the main political demand and vowed to continue it.

"Until and unless we don't get the rights, we cannot accept this constitution as complete. The country would never remain silent as it will prompt protests and struggles," Jha added.

The party also has vowed to garner two-third majority in the upcoming polls to make the amendment possible.

Though the talk over the formation of the democratic alliance with the Nepali Congress was on table, the differences between the understanding and the division of seats resulted in the failure and now it is contesting election on its own which it calls friendly.

Previously, the party have had denounced the local elections putting forward the amendment bill as the condition for the participation and the bill was tabled by current government which failed in lack of majority. (ANI)