Nepali Congress continues House obstruction

KATHMANDU: The main opposition party Nepali Congress (NC) obstructed the Parliament meeting on Sunday demanding that the government provide a lump sum of Rs 200,000 to earthquake victims to rebuild their houses.

Taking special time at the beginning of today's meeting, NC lawmaker Arjun Narsingh KC criticised the government and warned that his party would not let the House proceed with its business unless the government addressed the concerns of quake victims.

KC accused the government of being insensitive towards the plight of the quake victims.

He also accused the National Reconstruction Authority of distributing funds from the state coffers to non-government organisations.

Following the obstruction during the first meeting today, Speaker Onsari Gharti Magar announced that the meeting was postponed for an hour.

As soon as the Parliament meeting began for the second time, NC lawmaker Ananda Prasad Dhungana said that the government was not serious towards addressing the concerns of earthquake victims.

Later, NC lawmakers stood from their respective seats to protest the government.

Following the protest, Speaker Onsar Gharti Magar again postponed the meeting for half-an-hour.

The party also urged the government to grant loan between Rs. 1.5 million to Rs. 2.5 million at the interest rate of two per cent to the quake victims.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli was scheduled to address the House meeting today.

He was preparing to inform the House about the present status of reconstruction works and progress on distribution of assistance to the earthquake victims.

The Prime Minister, however, could not address the House due to the obstruction.

The largest political force in the legislative body has been obstructing the House meeting for the past few days protesting the government’s failure to address the concerns of the earthquake victims.

The next meeting has been scheduled for tomorrow.