Govt fails to table amendment Bill

KATHMANDU: The government today failed to table the Bill seeking seventh amendment of the Interim Constitution at the legislature parliament after a Constituent Assembly (CA) member objected to the process.

Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (MJF) leader Jaya Prakash Gupta raised the objection stating that the parliamentarians should be informed 24 hours ahead of tabling a Bill. Gupta objected to the process after Minister for Law and Justice Prem Bahadur Singh reached the rostrum for tabling the Bill. Gupta also condemned the government for not implementing past agreements with the Madhes-based parties.

Gupta asked CA chairman Subash Chandra Nembang if the proposed Bill would resolve the language dispute related to Vice-President's oath in Hindi. Then he drew Nembang's attention to the parliamentary rule and demanded cancellation of tabling process. Nembang, then, postponed the process and informed that the Bill would be tabled on Tuesday. The next House session would be on Monday afternoon.

Lawmakers traded charges against ruling coalition and the main opposition Unified CPN-Maoist, for creating a situation of political turmoil. However, Sobhakar Parajuli, an NC lawmaker accused that the Maoists were attacking journalists and cadres of other parties and capturing public and private properties. Nevertheless, UCPN-M lawmaker Lokendra Bista Magar claimed that other parties hatched conspiracy against the UCPN-M over attacks on Tika Bista.

The Bill has sought to amend the provision of taking oath of office and secrecy for President and Vice President so that s/he would be allowed to take oath in mother tongue. The person, however, will have to sign two copies text, prepared in Nepali, Nepal's official language, and other language. Notably, Vice President Parmananda Jha remains inactive after the Supreme Court revoked his oath in Hindi.