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Prachanda cancels UN visit due to concerns over Constitution

Press Trust of India  |  Kathmandu 

Prime Minister Prachanda today cancelled his scheduled visit to the UN to address the concerns of ethnic groups over the new Constitution, which he said must be open to amendments as the Madhes-based communities are still dissatisfied.

Prachanda was supposed to fly to New York today to take part in the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly leading the Nepalese delegation.

He had returned home yesterday on completion of his four- day tour to

"The Prime Minister decided not to leave the country after voices were raised from several quarters that he is required to work towards addressing the concerns and grievances raised by the Madhesi, Tharu and ethnic minority groups," reads a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office.

On behalf of the government of Nepal, Foreign Minister Prakash Sharan Mahat will lead the country at the UN, it said.

Sources said it was high time that the prime minister focussed on implementation of the Constitution and carry out reconstruction work of the damaged structures, so he decided to cancel the foreign trip.

Meanwhile, addressing a programme in Army pavilion here to mark the Constitution Day, Prachanda said the statute can mature only after timely amendments to cater to the needs of the people.

The Constitution must be open to amendments as the Madhes-based communities are still dissatisfied with the existing one, he said.

The Madhesis, who are mostly of Indian-origin, say that the Constitution is discriminatory to their interest and marginalises them politically.

The Prime Minister congratulated the people of as the nation marked the first anniversary of achieving the decades-long dream of promulgating a people-written Constitution.

He also said the government was active towards holding elections at all three tiers including local, provincial and federal levels and would soon announce the dates for them.

President Bidya Devi Bhandari, Deputy prime ministers, ministers, high-ranking government officials, chiefs of diplomatic missions, among others were present on the occasion.

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First Published: Mon, September 19 2016. 19:57 IST