Author and constitutional lawyer Canishka Witharana who is involved in the legal work of nationalist groups, said in an interview that attempts were underway to impose a new constitution on federal lines in a deceptive manner. Excerpts of the interview follow
How do you look at the current status of the constitution-making process, ahead of plans for presenting a draft report?
The process is on. The Parliament started this process by appointing the Constitutional Assembly. When the government came up with the concept of Constitutional Assembly, I wrote an article indicating the dangers of it. Generally, Constitutional Assemblies derive power directly from the people. In this exercise, the representatives of people assume powers to work out a constitution deviating from the usual procedure laid down in the existing system of government.