UML to obstruct House against Constitution amendment bill

KATHMANDU: The main opposition CPN-UML on Wednesday decided to obstruct the House proceedings against the Constitution amendment bill that the government registered at the Parliament Secretariat.

A meeting of UML Parliamentary Party held today made a decision to this effect, concluding that the purported amendment to the Constitution was against the country's interest.

In particular, the party objected to the proposal to change boundaries of Province No. 4 and Province No. 5.

The main opposition also decided to take to the street against the bill.

The meeting concluded that the government proposal would divide the nation and bring complications in the Constitution implementation, a Rastriya Samachar Samiti report quoted UML Chief Whip Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal as saying.

The meeting also instructed all the lawmakers from the party to be mandatorily present in the Parliament 15 minutes before the meeting from tomorrow.

Party's Chairman and PP Leader KP Sharma Oli, however, was absent in the meeting held at the Parliament building, Naya Baneshwor, citing health reasons. Consequently, Deputy PP Leader Subas Chandra Nembang had chaired the meeting.

Earlier, the party had been warning of agitation if the government registered the proposal without justifying why it was needed.