NC lawmakers obstruct NA meet; demand action against Durga Prasai

KATHMANDU: The National Assembly meeting has been postponed today following an obstruction from main opposition Nepali Congress.

After NA Chairperson Ganesh Prasad Timilsina allowed the House proceedings, NC lawmaker Badri Prasad Pandey said that the government's effort to hold talks with Dr Govinda KC's representatives was positive, and demanded quick conclusion of the talks with Dr KC.

Dr Govinda KC has entered 26th day of his fast-unto-death, demanding reforms in medical education sector.

In the meeting, NC lawmaker Pandey demanded full investigation into the Jumla incident during Dr KC's hunger strike, where a clash had ensued between security personnel and Dr KC's supporters on July 19, after the latter had protested the visiting government team entering the premises to forcefully airlift Dr KC to Kathmandu. He accused the government of demonstrating undemocratic character.

The NC Upper House member demanded B&C Medical College's Executive Director Durga Prasai be brought to justice whose comments were directed towards the character of Nepali female students studying MBBS in Bangladesh. He had said that the press should be investigating the fate of Nepali ‘chelis’ or women being sexually exploited in Bangladesh for earning their MBBS degree.

Following the speech made by Pandey, NC lawmakers stood from their seats and obstructed the meeting despite NA Chair Timilsina's request to carry on with the proceedings.

Opposing the obstruction, Nepal Communist Party (NCP) lawmaker Ram Narayan Bidari demanded the protesting lawmakers to explain the grounds and rules on the basis of which they were hindering the meeting.

However, the meeting could not continue due to the obstruction. Furthermore, nomination of members for the thematic committees had been removed from the meeting's agenda.

Later, NA Chair Timilsina postponed the meeting for Wednesday, August 1 at 11:00 am.