KATHMANDU, May 16: A seven-member taskforce has been formed to put into writing the agreement between the major political parties on various contentious issues of the new constitution.
A meeting of Dispute Resolution Sub-Committee held at Singha Durbar on Tuesday evening entrusted the taskforce to put into writing the agreement.
The taskforce comprises Radhe Shyam Adhikari and Ramesh Lekhak from the Nepali Congress, Barshaman Pun and Khim Lal Devkota from the UCPN(Maoist), Bhim Rawal and Agni Kharel from the CPN-UML and Kalpana Rana of Rastriya Prajatantra Party on behalf of various small parties represented in the Constituent Assembly (CA).
However, United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) refused representation in the taskforce, expressing reservation over the Tuesday´s agreement. The taskforce has been entrusted to put into writing the agreement between the parties and questionnaire on 117 issues to be put to vote in the Constituent Assembly by 2 pm, Wednesday.
Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who is also the coordinator of the dispute resolution sub-committee under the Constitutional Committee, told media persons that the parties will hold a meeting on Wednesday afternoon to finalize the agreement and questionnaire on issues to be to put to vote in parliament.
A Constitutional Committee meeting to be held on Thursday morning will endorse the agreement and questionnaires prepared by the sub-committee to be tabled at the CA.
CPN-UML Chairman Jhalanath Khanal said the agreement has paved the way for bringing a new constitution that would ensure federalism before the May 27 deadline.