The treasury benches as well as the main Opposition Maoist Party appeared determined to write the Constitution even as more and more parties announced quitting the process, and many in the ruling Nepali Congress said they would revolt.
Constituent Assembly Chairman Subhash Nembang Tuesday began discussion clause by clause, allocating not more than five minutes to each member, while refusing to entertain the demand from some parties to “suspend” the process so a conducive atmosphere to build a “larger understanding” is created.
Chairman of the Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (Democratic) Bijay Gachedar, who was with the ruling party so far, announced that he would not be a party to the process any more “since our demands were not addressed”.
The pro-Hindu Nepal and pro-monarchy Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal (RPP-N), the fourth largest party in the House, said that it also may have to take an unpleasant decision since the pro-constitution “syndicate” was trying to stonewall all others with different views.
Earlier, about 60 members from the ruling Nepali Congress — all belonging to the Madhes region, and Tharu belt — met Prime Minister and Congress Party chief Sushil Koirala, warning him that they may be compelled to defy the party line if their demand for an appropriately carved out province was denied.
“Koirala said he will look into our demands, but we are not going to fall in the trap if we do not hear any thing concrete and positive by tomorrow,” a Nepali Congress member said.
At least two prominent members of the party – Arjun Narsingh K C and Shekhar Koirala — have refused to withdraw the “amendments” they have moved despite the party central committee’s instruction.