KATHMANDU: The opposition parties obstructed the House proceedings after the impeachment motion against Chief Justice Sushila Karki was introduced on Friday afternoon, forcing Speaker Onsari Gharti to defer the House till Sunday.
As soon as Speaker Gharti announced that the second meeting of the day started and invited Nepali Congress lawmaker Min Bahadur Bishwakarma, the proposer of the impeachment motion, to present the motion, the opposition lawmakers stood up from their seats in unison and marched towards the Speaker’s well.
They chanted slogans demanding the withdrawal of the motion, and did not take heed of the Speaker’s plea to get back to the seats and help her resume the House proceedings.
Subsequently, Speaker Gharti deferred the house till 1 pm on Sunday, May 7.
Emerging from the House, CPN-UML lawmaker Bhim Rawal said that the opposition resorted to obstruction after the ruling parties refused to opt for concluding the impeachment motion or withdrawing it.
He claimed that the impeachment motion was brought in with an intention to prevent Chief Justice Sushil Karki from working till June 7, when she would be getting mandatory retirement due to her age.
Earlier, the first meeting of the day was held for a couple minutes only.
Soon after announcing that the meeting had begun, Speaker Gharti said she has scheduled discussion on the impeachment motion against Chief Justice Sushila, moved by 249 lawmakers, at another meeting of the House at 1 pm.
Amid the protest from the opposition lawmakers, who had gathered in front of the Speaker’s well, she announced that she was deferring the meeting.
KATHMANDU: The meeting of the Legislature-Parliament has been postponed until 1.00 pm Friday, following the introduction of the impeachment motion against Chief Justice Sushila Karki at the Parliament amid a protest by the opposition.
Speaker Onsari Gharti Magar has scheduled the discussion on the motion at the House at 1:00 pm today.
Lawmakers of the ruling Nepali Congress and CPN Maoist Centre, on April 30, had moved the impeachment motion against CJ Karki, accusing her of interfering with the government’s executive role and failing to bear her responsibilities in the judiciary effectively.
The opposition parties, including CPN-UML, have been protesting the move, and demanding its withdrawal.