KATHMANDU: The second meeting of the Federal Parliament commenced on Tuesday. Top leaders of the major parties represented at the parliament addressed the meeting. Independent members of parliament also addressed the house. Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, Defense Minister Ishwar Pokhrel, among other ministers were also present at the meeting. Addressing the meeting, former Prime Minister and Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba said that his party would provide full support to the Oli-government and to the process of institutionalising democracy. Deuba further said that his party will closely watch the activities of the current government. The former Prime Minister, who was elected the Parliamentary Party Leader of NC on Monday, stressed on the need for all the parties to collectively walk the country towards economic prosperity. Congratulating Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on his appointment, Deuba said that the NC would help the government in the process of constitution amendment. Likewise, CPN-UML senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal re-emphasised on the fact that the left-alliances overwhelming majority should not scare anybody. He stated that the government must be allowed some tome to prove their committments rather than the opposition getting to criticisms before time. Nepal urged people to remove any doubts related to continuity of the democratic system. Known for his expressive speeches, CPN Maoist Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal, while addressing the House of Representatives, stated that the left alliance is not pro-India or pro-China rather it is pro-anything if it concerns Nepal's development. Dahal also said the unification process of the CPN-UML and CPN Maoist Centre would soon conclude. He further said that UML-MC respects the people's mandate and will work to fulfilling all their promises with all honesty. Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal (FSF-N) chair Upendra Yadav stressed on the need to amend the constitution in order to attain lasting peace. Addressing the house, Yadav said that the political parties have to stand at one place as far as the country's foreign policy is concerned. He further pointed out that corruption is the main challenge faced by the country and the government should keep tab of investments and control black market. Likewise, Rashtriya Janata Party- Nepal (RJP-N) leader Rajendra Mahato also stressed on the need for amendment to the constitution to ensure maximum inclusion. Mahato also demanded that the government should ensure a favourable environment for alleged Tikapur carnage conspirator Resham Chaudhary, who was elected as a RJP-N Member of Parliament from Tikapur, to participate in parliamentary business. The meeting has concluded and the next meeting for this session has been scheduled for March 10, Saturday. The House of Representatives Speaker will be elected on Saturday.
Top leaders address Parliament meeting
Published: 03:37 pm Mar 06, 2018