KATHMANDU, Jan 20: Noted politician Surya Bahadur Thapa, who carries a long history in Nepali politics, has assumed the topmost position in the Legislature-Parliament for the second time. He was the Chairman of Advisors´ Assembly constituted in 2014 BS.
The 86-year-old Thapa assumed the post of Constituent Assembly (CA) Chairman and Speaker of the Legislature-Parliament on Monday, in his capacity as the senior most member of the CA.
Talking to RSS after assumption of office, CA Chairman Thapa said although he did not wish to be in this post, situation brings him here. "See how I am here, time and situation determine my role," he said.
Thapa, who underwent bypass surgery of his heart in the recent past, gives a long smile and says more and more happiness does well for the health.
"This post and achievement carries great and historic value in my long-political career and there is no limitation of my happiness at this moment," he said.
Overwhelming Thapa said he never dreamt to be in the post of CA Chairman. Responding to a query of journalists about whether he wishes to continue to be in the CA chairman post, he says his health condition does not allow him to be here for long. "My presence is just a demand of time. Other members are capable for this and former Chairman is among the capable candidates".
CA Chairman Thapa will be administering oath of office and secrecy to other CA members tomorrow. That will also include his son Sunil Bahadur Thapa, who was elected on a FPTP seat to the CA. Chairman Thapa became a member of the CA through a PR seat of his party.
He was sworn-in as the CA Chairman by President Dr Ram Baran Yadav amidst a special ceremony at the Office of President, Shital Niwas earlier today.
Meanwhile, talking about the work of the new CA, Thapa said we should not wait for a year for a new constitution, rather it should be announced earlier.
The political parties should always rise above partisan interests and never forget the importance of consensus and cooperation while drafting the new constitution, CA Chairman Thapa said.