Discussion on amendment bill deferred for want of quorum

KATHMANDU: The Parliament on Sunday could not begin discussions on the Constitution Amendment Bill as scheduled.

As only 124 lawmakers were found attending the meeting, Speaker Onsari Gharti announced that the number is 25 short of one fourth (149) of the lawmakers required to begin the discussion.

The Parliament meeting, hence, was postponed for tomorrow 1 pm.

Before this, the House was continuing  the meeting though lawmakers representing the United Democratic Madhesi Front were chanting slogans in the well.

The legislative body was scheduled to begin discussions on the Constitution Amendment Bill today.

As soon as the Parliament begun its business today, Sadbhawana Party lawmaker Narisingh Chaudhary sought time to speak. He condemned the use of force by police personnel in Jogbani of Morang yesterday, injuring his party's Chairman Rajendra Mahato.

Likewise, Nepali Congress lawmaker Prakash Sharan Mahat slammed the government for expanding Cabinet by splitting a number of ministries.