NC to put amendment bill to vote

Kathmandu, July 24

The Central Working Committee of the Nepali Congress has decided to put the constitution amendment bill to vote without waiting for parties’ support.

“We’ll no longer wait for other parties’ support for the constitution amendment bill,” NC CWC member Keshav Kumar Budhathoki told this daily after the CWC meeting ended today.

He said the party decided to put the amendment bill to vote to demonstrate that it was sincerely trying to address the concerns of Madhesis.

The CPN-UML and some fringe parties continue to oppose the bill. The Rastriya Prajatantra Party, which has 35 lawmakers in the Parliament and whose support for the bill can be crucial, has also not made it clear whether or not it will support the bill. Some lawmakers of the RPP, however, have said that they will not vote for the bill. The Pushpa Kamal Dahal-led government had withdrawn the first constitution amendment bill and registered the second constitution amendment bill on April 11.

According to another CWC member, Ambika Basnet, the party also decided to urge the government to add 22 local levels in Tarai districts as proposed by the Pushpa Kamal Dahal-led government.

The party also decided to probe allegations of sabotage during the first and second phases of local polls. The party will form a committee to probe cases of sabotage and take action against saboteurs who engineered loss of the party’s candidates.