Kathmandu, December 19:

Today’s parliamentary session was business-like: Short, simple and issue-based. It lasted only one minute.

Speaker Subas Nembang prorogued the session immediately after Minister for Education and Sports Pradeep Nepal, on behalf of Home Minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula, tabled the 17th Annual Report of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) in the parliament.

Nembang said the session was prorogued to give the seven parties time to forge a consensus and end the prevailing political stalemate. “We expect the seven parties to reach a consensus soon,” he added.

Sources, however, claimed the prorogation was aimed at putting pressure on the government and the seven parties.

The Parliamentary Peace Agreement Implementation Monitoring Special Committee was to table the report prepared by the committee on the implementation of the peace agreements today.

Maoist chief whip Dinanath Sharma said the session was prorogued within a minute after the parties decided not to speak during the special hour.

A source said that there are high chances that the government may withdraw the amendment proposal concerning the change of dates for polls.

“The government has two options,” the source said. “Either it should withdraw the amendment proposal tomorrow, or it should table the proposal in the parliament day after tomorrow for endorsement. The next session of the House is scheduled for Friday.

Arrival and departure

KATHMANDU: The lawmakers, who were hastening to enter the parliament hall, were baffled when they saw some of their colleagues coming out of the parliament. Those who were emerging out of the hall were laughing and seemed excited just because this session of the interim parliament was the shortest one. — HNS