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.
India has said the Nepal government’s
registration of a constitution amendment bill in Parliament is an “important
part of the ongoing efforts, the registering of a Constitution Amendment Bill
in the Nepali Parliament on November 29, 2016 is an important step,” said
Spokesperson for Indian Ministry of External Affairs Vikas Swarup. Responding
to the Post’s question on the bill, Swarup said, “Our consistent position has
been that peace, stability and progress of Nepal is in the interest of both
India and Nepal. We have therefore been supportive of initiatives of the
government of Nepal to meet the aspirations of all sections of its society
through dialogue and constitutional process. “We
hope that all sides will remain closely engaged and the ongoing efforts would
be concluded successfully,” he said, while reiterating that “as a close and
friendly neighbour of Nepal, India will continue to extend all support for
Nepal’s peace, stability and economic development as prioritized …
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.
Amid discussions among major parties whether the country should go for local
elections under the existing structure or the new federal set-up, the main
opposition CPN-UML has floated the idea of skipping local and provincial polls
and holding elections to federal parliament. During a standing committee
meeting of the party on Thursday, almost all members are learnt to have made a
pitch for federal elections, saying it’s already too late for local and
provincial elections. As per the constitutional deadline, the country
must hold three levels of elections by January 2018. Senior UML leader Madhav
Kumar Nepal floated the idea of holding the elections to federal parliament by
carving out 165 constituencies. “Almost all standing committee members agreed
on the proposal,” said UML standing committee member Prithvi Subba Gurung,
adding that local elections will not be able to resolve the looming
constitutional crisis. The UML’s view on going for federal elections comes
just days after a tenta…