India on Tuesday did not blame any side for the stalemate in Nepal and said the “democratic commitment and wisdom of the people” would help the nation tide over the imbroglio after the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly that yielded no statute.
In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs said the new Constitution could not be promulgated within the extended term of the Constituent Assembly.
“We have confidence in the democratic commitment and wisdom of the people, which has led to considerable progress of the constitution-making process. We hope that the political parties…would continue to be guided by the spirit of consensus and peaceful dialogue in their efforts to transform Nepal into a stable, democratic and prosperous nation.”
While the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), Madhesis and other ethnic communities favoured identity-based federalism, the Nepali Congress, the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist) and smaller parties were opposed to the idea. This led Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai to call for fresh elections.
“India stands ready to assist, according to the wishes of the people of Nepal,” the statement said.