7 Dec,Kathmandu: The main opposition party, CPN (UML), obstructed the meeting of the Legislature-Parliament today also in protest against the constitution amendment bull registered in the parliament by the government.
MPs from the CPN (UML) and other opposition parties stood from their seats in protest against the bill as soon as the meeting commenced at 1 pm today.
The opposition parties have been impeding the parliament meetings from December 1, calling for withdrawing the constitution amendment bill.
Speaker Onsari Gharti allotted time to the chairman of the Rastriya Janamorcha, Chitra Bahadur KC to speak immediately after the meeting was obstructed.
Putting forth his views, KC said the House could not resume its business until the constitution amendment bill was retracted. He argued that the bill proposes amendment to the constitution on sensitive provisions as citizenship, language commission, delineation of provinces and representation in the National Assembly, in a way that it will spell trouble to nation, nationality and national integrity.
“Wrong works have been done in the amendment bill like separating the hilly districts from the Province No 5 and constituting a language commission in a way to reviving the issue already settled in the past,” he said.
Reminding the parliament that he and his party had been telling throughout that federalism would put the country into trouble, he noted that it was also not a wise decision in the past to separate the Province 2 from the hills.
“What is the logic in creating only one province in a region that is inhabited by nearly 51 percent of the population and multiple provinces in the region where 49 percent of the population resides,” he wondered. He also asked why was it necessary to internationalise about Nepal’s constitution.
Lawmaker KC further said, “There has been a game plan to dismantle Nepal’s nationality, independence, integrity and to separate the hills from the Tarai. The federalism project has not entered Nepal with a small design but it has come with a grand design. The protests and agitation would go on unless the amendment bill is withdrawn.”
Following this, Speaker Gharti said her and the parliament’s attention has been drawn to the issues voiced by the opposition and urged time and again to allow the parliament to continue its business as the House procedure alone is the forum to resolve all types of differences among the parties.
The Speaker announced the adjournment of the parliament meeting after the MPs in the opposition bench refused to take their seats ignoring her repeated requests.
The government had registered the constitution amendment bill at the parliament secretariat on November 29 for addressing the demands of the protesting Federal Alliance.
In today’s parliament meeting, the Speaker was scheduled to read out the letter regarding the expansion of the Council of Ministers received from the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers.
Similarly, discussions on the impeachment proposal against the Chief (now suspended) of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) was also in the meeting agenda today.
The parliament will next meet at 3pm on December 9. RSS
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