People take shelter at an open space after an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, April 26, 2015. The death toll from a powerful earthquake which struck Nepal on Saturday has climbed to 1, 896 including 723 in the Nepal's capital Kathmandu, a senior government official told Xinhua on Sunday morning. (Xinhua/Pratap Thapa)
People take shelter at an open space after an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, April 26, 2015. The death toll from a powerful earthquake which struck Nepal on Saturday has climbed to 1, 896 including 723 in the Nepal's capital Kathmandu, a senior government official told Xinhua on Sunday morning. (Xinhua/Pratap Thapa)

Nepal’s final version of constitution has been tabled at the Constituent Assembly (CA) meeting for deliberations among parties.

The Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) Chairman Krishna Prasad Sitaula Sunday tabled the bill of constitution amid protests by Madhes-based parties and fourth largest party Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal.

Altogether eleven fringe parties boycotted the CA meeting, expressing displeasure over the seven-province model proposed in the final version of constitution.

On Friday, major parties Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and UCPN ( Maoist) decided to go for seven-province model, changing their earlier position of six provinces.

Federation of Indigenous and Janajati has called nation-wide strike on Sunday and Monday which has crippled the daily lives.

Presenting the draft, CDC Chairman Sitaula said constitution drafting process has reached a final stage and asked all the dissident parties to remain in the CA process and express their displeasure.

As Madhes Janadhikar Forum-Loktantrik led by Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar also boycotted CA meeting on Sunday, now all Madhes- based regional parties have stood against the draft constitution.

Deliberations on the final version of constitution will begin on Wednesday.

After the deliberations among CA members, lawmakers will be provided opportunity to register their amendment proposal on the final version of constitution. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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