UML to continue obstructing House proceedings

Kathmandu, January 7

The CPN-UML, the main opposition party, has decided to continue its obstruction in the Parliament until the government withdraws the constitution amendment bill.

This decision was taken by a meeting of the UML’s Standing Committee held at the party’s Vice-chair Bamdev Gautam’s residence in Bhainsepati.

UML deputy parliamentary party leader Subas Chandra Nembang said the meeting concluded that the government must withdraw the bill to abide by the recent Supreme Court verdict.

A meeting of the Parliament has been scheduled for 1:00pm tomorrow. Parliament Secretariat sources said the constitution amendment bill would be listed in the Parliament’s business schedule tomorrow.

“The Supreme Court has said the subject of constitution amendment bill can be discussed in the Parliament, but it did not say that no one can obstruct House proceedings to express dissatisfaction with the contents of a bill,” Nembang told THT.

He also informed that the meeting expressed serious concern about the indifference shown by the ruling parties after the Supreme Court delivered its verdict on the bill. “We understand that the Supreme Court has said that the revision of provincial boundaries cannot be carried out by this Parliament, but the government is ignoring this fact,” Nembang said.

He accused the ruling parties of undermining the message of the grand mass meeting organised by the UML and other fringe parties yesterday in Kathmandu against the bill.

Nembang also informed that the meeting of the opposition front led by the UML would decide their strategy regarding House proceedings tomorrow morning.

The meeting also welcomed the SC’s verdict, said UML Secretariat Secretary Krishna Gopal Shreshta.