UML obstructs parliament vowing to foil amendment bill
The main opposition
party CPN-UML obstructed parliament proceedings on Thursday to protest against
the constitution amendment bill that proposed changes in provincial boundaries
and other provisions.
registered a bill that proposes shifting some districts from Province 5 to
Province 4 and making changes to the provisions relating to citizenship,
language of official business and representation in the National Assembly. The
government however is yet to table the bill in the House meeting for
Gharti couldn't introduce any agenda items in the House meeting as no sooner
she announced the commencement of the meeting than UML lawmakers stood up from
Bamdev Gautam addressing the parliament vowed to obstruct the House proceedings
to stop the bill from getting endorsed.
government has flouted the constitution while bringing this amendment bill in
parliament. This bill shouldn't have been brought here because this
transitional parliament has no right to make changes to provincial boundaries,"
said Gautam. "The prime minister either doesn't understand the
constitution or has deliberately flouted it."
that the proposal to change the provincial boundaries was brought against the
wish of the people from that province and to "please someone else".
decided to adopt federalism in a model under which people from the tarai, hills
and the mountains stay together," he said. "But the bill has come as
a plot to separate the three regions and create conflict between them."
He went on to
say that the bill was also a part of a conspiracy to break the Tarai-Madhes
region away from the country.
has tried to establish Tarai in itself as a separate nation and Nepal as a
multinational state," the UML vice-chairman claimed. "This is being
done with a plan to lay the ground to break the Tarai away from Nepal."
from the ruling parties have been claiming that the bill was drafted as per the
three-point agreement reached between the agitating Madhes-based parties,
Nepali Congress and CPN (Maoist Center) just ahead of the formation of the
the country and the people aren't accountable to the three-point deal and can't
agree to unacceptable provisions just because the parties signed the deal.
speaker called the next sitting for Friday without introducing any business in
Three small parties
-- CPN (ML), Nepal Workers and Peasants Party and Rastriya Janamorcha - have
also stood against the bill.
As Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal is preparing to pay an official visit to
China on March 23, the PM is scheduled to discuss the matter with former Prime
Ministers and China affairs experts beforehand. A meeting of former PMs and
China affairs experts has been called at PM Dahal's official residence in
Baluwatar at 9 am on Thursday in this regard, said PM Dahal's press advisor
Gobinda Acharya. PM
Dahal's prior discussions with former PMs and China affairs experts aims to
take suggestions on bilateral and multilateral meetings. PM Dahal is scheduled
to hold with Chinese officials during the visit, said PM's Secretariat. A
Cabinet meeting scheduled to take place today evening will finalise issues to
be taken up from Nepal side in the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference,
Acharya informed. PM
Dahal is leaving Thursday for China to take part in the annual conference of
Boao Forum for Asia to be held in Boao, Hainan province from March 23-26. On
the occasion, PM Dahal is…
Opposition lawmakers have
claimed that the government registered the constitution amendment bill in
Parliament at the behest of India. The opposition parties obstructed the
meeting of Parliament for the third consecutive time on Sunday, demanding the
withdrawal of the amendment bill, which proposes reviewing the province
boundaries, the citizenship provisions and the criteria for representation in
the National Assembly. “It will be treachery if the
constitution, which was promulgated with the backing of 90 percent of people's
representatives, is amended on the instructions of any foreign country,” said
Nepal Workers Peasants Party (NWPP) lawmaker Anuradha Thapa Magar while
speaking at the House, Sunday. Lawmakers from opposition parties,
including the CPN-UML, CPN (ML), NWPP, Rartriya Janamorcha and Nepa Party,
stood up at their respective places and obstructed House proceedings right
after Speaker Onsari Gharti announced commencement of the meeting.
CPN (UML) chair and former Prime Minister K P Sharma
Oli has said that the upcoming elections will vehemently oppose and respond to
the regional politics and forces involved in disharmonizing the social cohesion.
Speaking in a program organized to extend thanks to the volunteers, artists and
media for their presence and support shown during the party's Mechi-Mahakali
Campaign (March 4-18), leader Oli said so. He added that the people will answer
those forces by giving a majority seats to his party from upcoming elections. Leader Oli further shared that the party will launch
more effective programme in Province No 2 in near future. He added that the
Madhesi morcha showed apolitical behaviors against UML during the campaign
being intolerable due to fear of ending their illusion against the constitution
and UML if UML launched effective and harmonious programs in Tarai.In another
context, chair Oli shared that the attorney general suggested the election
commission to touch the party s…