Kathmandu, Dec 19: Eight opposition parties including the main opposition CPN (UML) obstructed the parliament meeting today, protesting the constitution amendment bill the government registered in the Legislature-Parliament.
The opposition party lawmakers protested by standing from their respective seats as soon as the meeting started at 1 pm. The government had registered the constitution amendment bill in the Parliament Secretariat on November 29 to address the demands of the protesting Federal Alliance. The opposition parties have been obstructing the parliament meetings since then.
At the outset of the meeting, Speaker Onsari Gharti allocated time to the Nepa Rastriya Party lawmaker Laxman Rajbanshi to speak. Rajbanshi complained to the Speaker that he was not aware of the postponement of the earlier parliament meeting.
He called for withdrawing the constitution amendment bill and forming a commission comprising independent geographers and experts for determining the province delineation. Rajbanshi also expressed concern that the consequences of the ongoing protest movement in Province No 5 would be serious if the proposed amendment bill was passed. He warned that the situation in the country might become dangerous if a judicious decision was not taken on the matter now.
The opposition parties argue that the constitution amendment proposal on issues as language, citizenship and redrawing the boundaries of the provinces is against the national independence, sovereignty and integrity and the Nepali nationhood.
The Speaker announced the adjournment of the meeting after the opposition party lawmakers refused to take their seats despite repeated calls by her for the same, saying the situation of opposition party lawmakers protesting standing from their seats means the meeting is obstructed.
The amendment proposal seeks to make amendment to the constitution on provisions related to naturalized citizenship, change in the borders of the provinces, representation in the National Assembly and constitution of the language commission.
In today’s meeting, the Speaker was to read out a letter received from the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers regarding the Cabinet expansion. The meeting was also die to discuss the impeachment motion against the chief of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA), Lokman Singh Karki. The impeachment motion against Karki was registered by 157 lawmakers. The parliament will next meet at 1 pm on December 22. RSS