Reinstatement of the 1990 constitution!?
What will be done after the May 28, last deadline to promulgate a new constitution? This is not only the concern of the general people but also the political parties and others as just about ten weeks are left to meet the deadline.
Raising such a concern could be considered quite natural so as to that there is almost all certain that new constitution will not be promulgated on time. It would be possible to promulgate a partial constitution only if the political parties forge consensus immediately leaving out the contentious issues including the issue of federal structure to the referendum.
However, immediate consensus between the political parties is also tough task, thanks to the political parties for their respective stand just for the partisan interest. There are about one dozen contentious issues yet to resolve, which have been hindering the entire process of constitution writing.
At this time it should not be termed unrealistic to initiate dialogue over the alternative solutions including the possibility to reinstatement of the 1990 constitution adding some provisions related to the changed political situation of the country.
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A prominent politician of the country, who is also the senior leader of the Nepali Congress, Sher Bahadur Deuba has suggested to promulgate a revised version of the 1990 constitution without monarchy in case the new constitution couldn't be drafted within the May 28 deadline.
Deuba has a suggestion that reviving the constitution of 1990 incorporating the clauses defining republic set up, federalism, secularism and presidency would be a better option to deliver the constitution.
Deuba's statement regarding the reinstatement the 1990 constitution was not came superficially. It is said that some selection of the international communities and the Nepalese leaders have been holding series of discussion regarding the issue.