Kathmandu, September 24:

Nepali Congress CA member today vented ire at the government and the CPN-Maoist for allowing Maoist cadres to roam around the CA venue with weapons.

Speaking at today’s legislative session of the CA, NC member Shobhakar Parajuli said Maoist cadres were openly moving on the CA premises with AK-47 and other modern weapons.

Another NC CA member Arjun Prasad Joshi demanded explanation from the Home Minister and asked “Who is responsible for the security of the parliament?”.

The main opposition members said they came to know that the police could not seize the weapons as they had UN seals. They reminded that no political party’s cadres were privileged to carry arms openly and accused the Maoists of trying to hamper the constitution writing process by allowing such act.

Meanwhile, a number of CA members today urged the government to pay serious attention to the plight of disaster-hit people in the far western districts and increase relief assistance for the victims.

UML CA member Shankar Pokharel said the government’s effort to send relief materials to mid- and far-west districts was not effective.

He said he was sceptical of the government’s commitment to peace and security as it slashed budget for the Home Ministry.

Pokharel said three engineering colleges in Kathmandu were on the verge of closure due to the threat of ANNISU-R, the Maoists’ student wing.

MJF CA member Ram Janam Chaudhary said people in Kailali were facing shortage of food due to road damage and flooding and urged the government to solve their problem.

CPN-Sanyukta’s CA member Chandra Dev Joshi said hunger was taking a heavy toll on far-western hilly districts.

RPP CA member Pratibha Rana said the floods caused huge damages in the far-west and urged the government to provide enough relief assistance to the victims.

CA member Bishendra Paswan said wild elephant had been causing menace in Siraha

and Saptari but the administration was not doing enough to contain the animals. He

asked the government to provide Rs 10 lakh in compensation to the family of those killed by the wild elephants.

A number of CA members also drew government’s attention to problems associated with floods across the nation, particularly in the far-western districts.