Nepal | July 04, 2020

One-third NA members complete two-year term

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:

Kathmandu, March 3 

One-third members of the 59-member National Assembly, the Upper House of the Parliament, completed their two-year tenure.

As per the constitutional provision, tenure of one-third NA members expire in two years, another one-third in four years, and the final one-third in six years. The provision stipulates that a draw shall be conducted for the first time to fix the tenure of the NA members.

Nineteen NA members had picked the draw of two-year tenure, 20 had picked tenure of four years, and the remaining 20 had picked for six years. The 19 NA members who had picked the draw for two-year tenure retired today.

The 19 NA lawmakers are Kamala Kumari Oli, Kali Bahadur Malla, Khemraj Nepali, Dhana Kumari Khatiwada, Balaram Prasad Baskota, Meena Budha, Mukti Kumari Yadav, Utol Tamang, Ramesh Prasad Yadav, Raj Kumar Kunwar, Binda Devi Ale Magar, Sarita Prasain, Haricharan Siwakoti, Surendra Raj Pandey, Brishesh Chandra Lal, Yubaraj Khatiwada, Ramprit Paswan, Jivan Budha and Sher Bahadur Kunwar.

Of the total 19 members retiring today, eight are from the ruling Nepal Communist Party, seven from the main opposition Nepali Congress, two from Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal, one from Socialist Party-Nepal, and one was nominated by President Bidhya Devi Bhandari on the recommendation of the government.

Election for 18 NA members has already been completed and they are scheduled to take oath of office and secrecy tomorrow. The government is yet to decide who to recommend to the NA to replace Khatiwada, who had earlier been nominated by the president.

Although the NCP Secretariat has decided to recommend Bam Dev Gautam to the NA, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has rejected the decision and is in favour of recommending Khatiwada again to the NA.

After his term as NA member expired today, Khatiwada tendered his resignation as the finance minister. Khatiwada is likely to be reappointed as finance minister. If he is reappointed, he has to take oath of office and secrecy again with membership of one of the two Houses of the Parliament within six months. It is now up to the prime minister who to recommend among Khatiwada and Gautam to the NA.

All the outgoing NA members delivered their farewell speech in today’s NA meeting, but Khatiwada did not even though he was present at the meeting. This has given rise to speculations that the prime minister will recommend Khatiwada to the NA again.


A version of this article appears in print on March 04, 2020 of The Himalayan Times.


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Tamor River, Taplejung district, Flooded river

Lack of bridge forces locals to risk lives

DHANKUTA, JULY 2 As there is no bridge over the Tamor River, locals of Sadamtar in Chaubise Rural Municipality and Teliya in Chhathar Rural Municipality, Dhankuta, are risking their lives while crossing the river. According to Chhathar Rural Municipality Ward 5 Chair Tek Bahadur Tamang, people Read More...

Gandaki PA panel president donates perks to corona fund

POKHARA, JULY 2 Gandaki Province Public Accounts Committee President Kumar Khadka has declared he will be donating part of his facilities to the Corona Fund in the province. He made the announcement while tabling a protest notice on the bill tabled at the PA meeting proposing facilities for th Read More...

Family of deceased in dire straits

BAJURA, JULY 2 Six members of a family, who had lived in India for the last 24 years, returned to their hometown in Badimalika Municipality, Bajura, after the COVID-19 crisis affected their lives in India. Kalamati Damai, along with her ill husband and other family members returned to Majhigau Read More...

KP Sharma Oli Pushpa Kamal Dahal

Oli, Prachanda meet in Baluwatar amid intra-party conflict

KATHMANDU: Amid the internal strife within ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP), the two co-chairs KP Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal held a meeting in Baluwatar on Friday. The NCP (NCP)'s standing committee meeting on Thursday had decided to postpone the meeting till Saturday to let the two co-c Read More...

US coronavirus cases hit new global record, rising over 55,000 in single day

The United States reported more than 55,000 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, the largest daily increase any country has ever reported, according to a Reuters tally. A surge in coronavirus cases across the United States over the past week has put President Donald Trump's handling of the c Read More...

India's Modi visits Himalayan border where troops clashed with China

NEW DELHI/SRINAGAR: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew into the northern Himalayan region of Ladakh on Friday, officials said, weeks after Indian and Chinese troops clashed on their disputed border there, escalating tension between the Asian giants. Modi, who has been under pressure to re Read More...

Landslide at Myanmar jade mine kills at least 162 people

HPAKANT, MYANMAR: At least 162 people were killed Thursday in a landslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar, the worst in a series of deadly accidents at such sites in recent years that critics blame on the government's failure to take action against unsafe conditions. The Myanmar Fire Service D Read More...

Stocks plummet as rally screeches to a halt

KATHMANDU, JULY 2 The bull run witnessed in the share market came to a screeching halt today due to fears that the Department of Money Laundering Investigation (DoMLI) might start an investigation into the money being invested in the secondary market. Consequently, the Nepal Stock Exchange (Nepse Read More...