Lawmakers divided on second amendment of constitution bill-II

KATHMANDU: The lawmakers from the ruling parties underscored that time had come to amend the constitution as per the changed context.

Every democratic country amends constitution from time to time, they added.

Taking part in the clause-wise discussion on the bill, the lawmakers from the opposition parties urged the government to withdraw the amendment bill.

UML lawmaker Bharat Mohan Adhikari said the provision of representation in the House of Representatives should not affect the structure of local, provincial and central parliaments.

Bhim Rawal of the same party said amendment proposal has enfeebled the spirit of the constitution.

It has suppressed the rights of people's representatives, he added, arguing that the amendment proposal was against national interest.

Rabindra Adhikari further said the amendment bill would not be passed from the Legislature-Parliament, as it was brought forcefully.

Rameshwor Phunyal said the amendment proposal was a misplaced priority. Similarly, Krishna Bhakta Pokhrel urged the government to withdraw the amendment bill because it would promote foreign language while shrinking the Nepali language.

CPN-UML lawmaker CPN Mainali said that the amendment proposal tabled in the Parliament by the government should be withdrawn and discussions held in the parliamentary committee.

Lawmaker of Nepal Workers Peasants Party (NWPP) Prem Suwal said that the amendment proposal was completely faulty.

Anuradha Thapa Magar of the same party said that the government was doing wrong thing by bringing the amendment proposal at a time when all are supposed to stand firm in defense of country's sovereignty.

Likewise, lawmakers Kedar Prasad Sanjel, Guru Prasad Burlakoti, Sharada Kumari BK, Rishikesh Pokharel, Anarkali Miya, Bhawani Khapung, Rajendra Pandey, Bikas Lamsal and others of opposition parties voiced against the amendment proposal.

However, lawmaker Lal Babu Raut of Federal Socialist Forum said that the proposal was relevant and timely, adding that those opposing the proposal were not accepting the agendas of changes.

Chief Whip of the Nepali Congress Chin Kaji Shrestha added that the proposal was brought with the pious purpose to address the demands of the Madhesi, Tharu, Janajati and indigenous communities.

Likewise, lawmakers Nagendra Kumal, Laxman Lal Karna and Ram Narayan Bidari said that proposal was meant for ensuring rights to the people and terming it anti-national was totally wrong.

The next meeting of the House will be held at 1:00pm Monday.