Janata Samajbadi Party reiterates demand for constitutional amendment – Madhesh Update

Janata Samajbadi Party reiterates demand for constitutional amendment

   June 21, 2020  

As the law minister and the Speaker of the House have both sought unanimous passage of the proposed amendment to the constitution, the Madhes-based parties have asked that the amendment incorporate their demands too.

The government has tabled a proposal aimed at amending Schedule 3 of the constitution, which includes reference to the national coat-of-arms. With the introduction of a new political map of Nepal that includes all disputed territories, including Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani, the image of the map on the coat-of-arms too needs to be amended.

The Samajbadi Party Nepal and the Rastriya Janata Party Nepal, which recently announced a merger to form the Janata Samajbadi Party, have asked that their demands for amendments to the constitution, which have long been a bone of contention between the two parties and the KP Sharma Oli government, be included in the amendment bill.

In response to the request of the Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Shiva Maya Tumbahamphe and Speaker Agni Sapkota to have unanimous position on the amendment, they said their concerns also need to be addressed while revising the statute to adjust the national map.

“We agree that all parties must have a common view on the amendment,” Laxman Lal Karna, chief whip of the Janata Party, said at a Sunday meeting of the Parliamentary Business Advisory Committee. “However, we also want our concerns to be addressed through the amendment.”

Since the amendment concerns a matter of national importance, Law Minister Shiva Maya Tumbahangphe and House Speaker Agni Sapkota had both requested all parties to pass the amendment unanimously. According to Roj Nath Pandey, spokesperson of the federal parliament, Sapkota said that he was ready to take the initiative to bring all the parties together in this matter.

“It would be best to have a common position among all the parties on the amendment,” Pandey quoted Sapkota as saying at the Business Advisory Committee meeting.

  • Kathmandupost