Nepali Congress obstructs House meeting again

KATHMANDU: The main opposition party, Nepali Congress, obstructed the Parliament meeting again, on Sunday, demanding that the government table the Constitution Amendment Bill and the Bill on National Reconstruction Authority together.

As soon as the meeting began today, NC Chief Whip Chinkaji Shrestha demanded that the government immediately table the Constitution Amendment Bill, which was already listed in the agenda earlier.

He announced that the party would not let the House proceed till the government meet its demand.

Following the obstruction, Speaker Onsari Gharti Magar postponed the meeting for Tuesday.

The government, for last few weeks, has not been able to table the pending bills as the NC and protesting United Democratic Madhesi Front have been pressing for contrasting demands.

While the NC wants to get both bills tabled simultaneously, the UDMF has been saying that it can not accept tabling of the Constitution Amendment Bill as the proposed changes there do not address its demands.

Earlier today, the ruling parties, the opposition party and the UDMF had held talks about resolving the crisis and resuming the House. It, however, did not produce any concrete result as both NC and UDMF remained adamant on their demands.