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Widening rift among parties affects Nepal's constitution drafting process.

KATMANDU (CyHAN)- The rift between ruling and opposition parties in Nepal has further escalated as the Jan. 22 deadline of constitution drafting draws closer, cross-party leaders said on Wednesday.

There is sharp division regarding the process to be adopted and key contentious issues of the new constitution, yet there is no sign of the gap being bridged in the near future.

The country's ruling parties, Nepali Congress and CPN-UML, have come up with a common position on contentious issues to begin the voting process, saying that as they command two thirds of vote in the Constituent Assembly (CA), their proposal should be discussed.

But opposition parties UCPN (Maoist) and Madhes-based parties are of the view that the CA can not take up the proposal, for fear of being sidelined from the ongoing constitution drafting process if the proposal is taken to the CA.

Chairman Baburam Bhattarai of the Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee, a CA committee responsible for settling the contentious issues of the new constitution, has intensified cross- party talks to bridge the gap.

Bhattarai is meeting top leaders of the major parties and people hoped this would bring the parties closer and give the new constitution a chance. (Cihan/Xinhua)

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