Parties make no headway against Parliamentary Regulations

KATHMANDU: The top leaders of major political parties held a meeting at the Prime Minister's official residence but failed to make any headway against their differences over Parliamentary Regulations, on Saturday.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli had called the meeting to resolve the existing differences over the Parliamentary Regulations

Leaders of ruling coalition allies —CPN-UML, UCPN-Maoist, Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal  (RPP-N), and Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Democratic (MJF-D)—and the main opposition Nepali Congress had attended the meeting.

Parliamentary hearing for the appointment of Chief Justice, 11 Supreme Court Justices and 22 ambassadors could not be held despite their nominations due to the existing differences among the major parties regarding the formation of Parliamentary Hearing Special Committee (PHSC).

The Regulations have been stalled as the parties are at odds over the PHSC's strength.

Ruling partners have been pleading for a 15-member panel, while the main opposition Nepali Congress has voiced for retaining the 73-member PHSC.