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Constitution Day: Constitution and the practice of constitutional democracy in Nepal

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Constitution Day: Constitution and the practice of constitutional democracy in Nepal

Constitutional Day was marked with gusto. (File Photo)

KATHMANDU: “The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.” – Benjamin Franklin.

The 3rd of Asoj in the Nepali calendar is a day when the Nepali peoples’ cherished dream of a people-drafted constitution came true.

Today is the 3rd of Asoj and it marks the completion of six years of promulgation of the Constitution through the historic Constituent Assembly (CA).

The present constitution was promulgated on 20 September 2015 from the Constituent Assembly with the support of more than 90 percent of people’s representatives in unprecedented circumstances.

Although some of the political parties were not agreed with some provisions and the content of the constitution when it was issued by the first President of Republic Nepal, Dr Ram Baran Yadav, on that historic day, they signed in support of its promulgation. Therefore, it was a culmination of the more than seven decades of struggle of the people to write their own constitution.

Mainly, the Madhes-centric political parties continue to articulate their dissatisfaction over the main law of the land as their political demands to this day. There is, however, no immediate situation in which political parties representing in the Parliament will reach a concrete political agreement in favor of amending the constitution to address their demands.

This constitution is a document of consensus that carries with it the spirit of the political c

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