The CPN-UML has demanded that thematic committees in the House of Representatives be reshuffled on the basis of status of party representation and number of members representing the parties.

The ruling party has called for this in view of the situation obtained after the latest decision of the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court had, in its decision on March 7 on a case related to the name of the Nepal Communist Party (NCP), given a verdict that the NCP belonged to Rishiram Kattel and the ruling party which had also called itself NCP after the merger of CPN-UML and the CPN-Maoist Centre in 2018, should revert to its previous status.

Taking time from the speaker at the start of the House of Representatives' meeting today, UML lawmaker Khagaraj Adhikari said although the CPN-UML and the CPN-MC have separate presence in the Parliament after the apex court's verdict, they are still the same party – the NCP – in the thematic committees.

This situation should end, he demanded, arguing that it was against the constitution, prevailing laws and regulations.

"The two parties should have separate representation in the thematic committees as per the parliamentary system."

A version of this article appears in the print on April 9, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.