UML to 'protest' if discussion on no-trust vote imposed

KATHMANDU: Reiterating that the Speaker should not postpone the discussions on three budget bills for discussion on the no-confidence motion, the Prime Minister's party, CPN-UML, on Wednesday, decided to protest in whatever forms applicable if the House discussed the no-trust motion on Thursday.

Top leaders of the party including PM KP Sharma Oli at the Parliamentary Party meeting today have instructed the party lawmakers to protest if the Speaker forcefully forwarded the discussion, according to a lawmaker.

Member of the Parliament, Rabindra Adhikari, told THT Online after the meeting that the party concluded putting three vital budget bills on hold was against the parliamentary norms and practices.

"As the House will resume tomorrow, it should first conclude discussions on the three bills," Adhikari said, "If it is ignored, the UML lawmakers will stop it."

Asked what the lawmakers would do to stop it, Adhikari said, "The lawmakers will protest the Speaker's move."

Does that mean they would obstruct the House tomorrow? "I don't think the Parliament can move smoothly if any decision is imposed forcefully."