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Govt to table constitution amendment bill without consent of UML, Gathabandhan

Oli, Deuba get into heated argument

The government has decided to table the constitution amendment bill at the parliament without the consent of main opposition CPN-UML and Sanghiya Gathabandhan, an alliance of Madhes-based parties.
The coalition partners-- Nepali Congress and CPN (Maoist Centre)-- decided to put the amendment bill up for discussion at the House, during a meeting  called by Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Monday, after the main opposition party refused to stand by the revision of the statute.
Leaders representing CPN-UML walked out of the meeting called to discuss the issue of constitution amendment after which the ruling coalition concluded to present the bill at the House by Wednesday after holding discussions with Madhesi Morcha leaders.
NC leaders and Home Minister Bimalendra Nidhi said that the government will table the amendment bill after discussing it with Sanghiya Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha leaders.
"We will table the (constitution) amendment bill by Wednesday or at late until Thursday," said Minister Nidhi, "We (government) will continue to hold parleys with Nepali Congress, main opposition CPN-UML and Madhesi Morcha even after tabling the bill."
Meanwhile, a war of words ensued between the leaders of ruling and opposition parties after UML leaders warned of opposing the amendment bill if tabled at the parliament without consensus.
An argument broke out between NC President Sher Bahadur Seuba and CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli. NC President Deuba interrupted the UML Chairman Oli while he was stating that the constitution amendment was against national interest. Dueba aksed, "Is this (amending constitution) anti-national?"

Published: 21-11-2016


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