Opposition parties, including Nepali Congress, obstructed the regular meeting of Province1 assembly for the third consecutive day today.

Immediately after the Province Assembly meeting kicked off, lawmakers from opposition parties obstructed regular proceedings. Opposition lawmakers have been obstructing the PA putting forth a charter of demands. The demands include giving continuity to development projects and resuming multi-purpose development projects, among others.

No sooner had Deputy Speaker Saraswoti Pokhrel started the meeting, than the lawmakers obstructed it.

Opposition lawmakers insisted that they would not allow the PA to run without the government addressing their demands.

Janata Samajbadi Party-Nepal Parliamentary Party leader Jayaram Yadav said that Chief Minister Sherdhan Rai was evading the PA meetings.

"Though CM Rai is free, he hates attending PA meetings, which is unfortunate," Yadav added. Yadav slammed the provincial government and charged that it was turning a blind eye to the problems seen in the PA. "The province government is sluggish and inactive in implementing federalism," Yadav charged.

A version of this article appears in the print on April 13, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.