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The Supreme Court upheld its earlier decision that the Constituent Assembly (CA) will cease to exist after May 27 if the constitution is not promulgated. The government and parliament had filed a petition to review the earlier refusal by joint-registrar of the Supreme Court Nahakul Subedi against the Court ruling on the deadline of the Constituent Assembly. A single bench of Justice Kamal Narayan Das upheld the decision of joint-registrar Subedi.

 After the Vaidya faction of UCPN (M) vice-chairperson Mohan Vaidya announced a protest programme demanding resignation of prime minister Baburam Bhattarai in a press conference, chairperson Pushpa Kamal Dahal held consultation with officials close to him. In the meeting attended by chairperson Dahal, vice-chairperson and prime minister Baburam Bhattarai, vice-chairperson Narayankaji Shrestha, and secretary Posta Bahadur Bogati agreed that ‘the prime minister will not resign simply because Vaidya faction demands and peace and constitution-drafting process will be taken forward’.

The senior leaders of UCPN (M), Nepali Congress, and UML reached an agreement to carry out army integration as per the seven-point agreement and give the reasonability tot the Army Integration Special Committee (AISC). The meeting of AISC took place as Congress and UML maintained their position that unless there is progress on the peace process, constitution-drafting would not move forward. In the meeting, prime minister Bhattarai submitted the proposal for army integration. The AISC members from Congress and UML accused the prime minister’s proposal of being ‘against the seven-point agreement and prevalent acts and laws’. They also raised suspicion that the prime minister’s proposal might adversely affect the peace process.

UML held its meeting of National Representative Council in Kathmandu from 4 to 6 March, 2012. In the opening ceremony held in the Khula Manch in Kathmandu, UML senior leaders accused UCPN (M) of being the main obstacle against the peace process and constitution-drafting. They stated that they would now take the leadership in the peace process and constitution-drafting and also announced the end of internal conflict in the party. They also demanded the resignation of prime minister Baburam Bhattarai accusing him of being a failure in all aspects.

The meeting of UCPN (M), Nepali Congress, and UML had given its top leaders the responsibility to bring a common proposal on the peace process and constitution-drafting and to find consensus on them through discussion, but at the end there was no agreement between the leaders of the three parties. In the meeting held at the residence of Congress president Sushil Koirala at Maharajgunj, the top leaders of UCPN (M), Congress, and UML presented their verbal proposals. UCPN (M) chairperson proposed to vacate the cantonments three weeks after the peace process moves forward. The leaders agreed to bring a written common proposal in the next meeting after discussing them in their respective parties.

UCPN (M), Nepali Congress, and CPN (UML) could not agree on whether peace and constitution-drafting process should proceed together or the peace process should be concluded first. Congress and UML insisted that the peace process should be concluded first, while UCPN (M) proposed that the peace and constitution-drafting process should be taken forward together. The dispute in the peace and constitution-drafting process shadowed the discussion being held on the form of government in the dispute resolution sub-committee of the Constitutional Committee, and its meeting was adjourned.

When there has been no agreement on the form of government, state restructuring and other issues, President Ram Baran Yadav met UCPN (M) chairperson Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Nepali Congress president Sushil Koirala, and UML chairperson Jhala Nath Khanal at his residence Shital Niwas. In the meeting, the President asked the leaders to conclude the outstanding issues within March 13, 2012. He urged the leaders to give special emphasis on the peace process.

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