Ruling parties may obstruct House on July 21
Kathmandu, July 17
The ruling parties are likely to create obstruction in the Parliament on July 21 when the House begins debate on no-trust motion.
A meeting of the ruling parties held in Baluwatar decided not to allow a discussion on the no-trust motion without allowing a debate on the three budget related bills first, said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Women, Children and Social Welfare CP Mainali.
Mainali, who was present in the meeting, said they would not accept Speaker’s decision not to allow debate on the three bills on July 21.
When asked if they would stall the House proceedings on July 21 if the House started debate on the no-trust motion first, DPM Mainali said, “At this stage I can only say that we will not accept that.
We will decide our strategy the same day if debate on the three bills is not allowed and a debate on the no-trust motion is allowed first.”
Mainali said even if the Oli government was voted out of power, it would remain a caretaker government until a way out was found through political consensus. “There is no provision in the constitution about the formation of a new government,” he added.
According to CPN-UML leader Subas Chandra Nembang, who was present in the meeting, the ruling parties took exception to Speaker Onsari Gharti Magar’s decision to remove budget related three bills from the agenda the day when the no-trust motion was moved in the Parliament.
Nembang said the House was supposed to start a debate on the three budget related bills at 11:00am that day but the Speaker removed those bills from the agenda even before the no-trust motion was moved in the House.
He said the Speaker did not ask the government a word before removing those bills from the House’s business that day.
“Any motion registered after 2:00pm is considered next day’s action so in this case, the Speaker should not have removed three bills from the House’s business on the day the no-trust motion was moved,” Nembang said and added that the ruling parties expected that these bills would be debated first on July 21.
Asked if the ruling parties would stall the House proceedings, Nembang said they did not believe that the three bills would not be discussed first on July 21.
Nembang also said the Speaker should have allowed a debate on the three bills before July 21.
UML Secretary Gokarna Bista said he did not believe that his party would go against the parliamentary practice, constitution and parliamentary regulations. “We believe in democracy and we will abide by democratic norms,” Bista told THT when asked if the UML would adopt strategies to obstruct the House proceedings on July 21.
The meeting of the ruling parties was attended by the PM, DPMs Mainali, Kamal Thapa, Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar and Chitra Bahadur KC and ministers Dipak Bohara, Prem Bahadur Singh and Biswendra Paswan.