Meetings are going on but they are behind schedule, largely because of political disagreement. Street protests by the Maoists for 'civilian supremacy' have violated the CPA. This has diluted the CA's necessity and purpose.
The Maoists unilaterally declared autonomous provinces. What's the purpose of the Committee on State Restructuring now?
If the Maoists are going to make such declarations, then forget the committee, what's the purpose of the entire CA? The Maoists should just say that they're walking a different line, that the CA is unnecessary. They don't say that, but their actions do. Their ambiguous conduct puts the CA and constitution-writing process at risk.
What is necessary for the constitution to be written on time?
The main thing is political agreement. The Maoists violated the CPA by unilaterally declaring autonomous provinces. Not only that, they have begun to illegally capture land again. They are trampling on the peace process.
So the constitution won't be written on time?
If the Maoists continue behaving this way, it will be difficult. If they don't follow their own rules, then how will we move the process forward? If the Maoists really support multiparty democracy, then they must follow its rules.
Will the CA's constitutionality remain after 28 May?
We must ensure this question does not become problematic. Everyone and every party must abandon their selfishness and work together for the country. You can't leave the CA and legislature and protest on the streets.
Will you still be a CA member after 28 May if the constitution is not completed by then?
First, I will go to the people to explain who was responsible for the constitution not being written on time. I could do so as a citizen or as a CA member.
Constitution 2010, Nepali Times coverage of issues related to writing the new constitution