‘Process of Constitution making and its declaration was very democratic’: PM Oli

New Delhi, Feb.22 (ANI): Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Sunday said that the process of the Constitution making and its declaration was very democratic.

Prime Minister Oli, who is on his first visit abroad after assuming office in October last, said, “We had a very bitter experience of the pallor of the first constituent assembly without propagating the constitution. But the second constituent assembly reaction took place and that was successful to declare the constitution.”

“The constitution itself is very democratic. The process of the constitution making and its declaration was very democratic. Some people say that the constitution was promulgated all of a sudden at the night surprisingly. But there was debate for eight years,” he added.

He also said that after the second constituent assembly elections, the people discussed different matters and the draft was sent to the MPs.

“The members of the constituent assembly went to the people to seek their suggestions. Genuine and important suggestions were incorporated in the constitution. The democratic norms and values are incorporated,” the Nepalese Prime Minister said.

On September 20 last year, Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav announced that his country had a new constitution, which is the result of eight years of deliberation, including the failure of the first Constituent Assembly in 2012.

It is the seventh constitution to have been adopted by Nepal in the last 67 years and the first by democratically elected representatives.

However, many Nepalese in the country’s southern plains are protesting against state demarcation, citizenship and other provisions in the constitution, saying it pushes them further towards the margins. The protests, in which more than 40 people have died in recent weeks, have drawn critical attention from India, Nepal’s neighbour on three sides with which it shares an open border. Here’s what to know about Nepal’s new constitution.

The agitators accused the Nepal government of ignoring the aspirations and sensibilities of the Madheshis, Janajatis, Dalits and women, the dominant communities from the hills, have started targeting the protesters, accusing them of being ‘Indian agents’. (ANI)

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