House session postponed, parties agree to seek consensus in package

Posted on: July 21, 2016 | views: 213

The meeting of the Legislature-Parliament scheduled for today has been postponed until 2:00 pm tomorrow.  

It is learnt that the meeting was postponed as the parties failed to forge consensus whether debating on no-confidence motion or passing the budget related bills should take precedence.

Major political parties have agreed to sit for discussions to sort out differences regarding the agenda of the Legislature-Parliament meeting in a package.

There are disputes among the political parties that which--no-trust motion against the Prime Minister or budget-related bills-- should be discussed first.

Political parties spent the entire day today to find a consensus on the matter failed to reach a consensus.

Earlier today, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba and CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal met at the New Baneshwor-based parliament building in a bid to build an agreement. Speaker Onsari Gharti Magar facilitated the meeting among top leaders of three major political parties.

Talking to media persons following the meeting, the Speaker said the meeting ended positively and expressed her hope that they (political parties) would reach to a consensus by tomorrow.

Likewise, emerging from the meeting, NC President Deuba said the three parties were yet to find an agreement.

Though discussions on a proposal put forth by NC senior leader Ram Chandra Poudel before it for 'consensus' went positively in the meeting, the major parties could not reach to a logical conclusion.

NC leader Poudel proposed to first pass the budget-related bills by withdrawing the no-trust motion. Then Prime Minister will resign and a process to form a new government will be initiated. He insisted on the need of a package deal among the political parties to sort out the contemporary disputes and ensure enforcement of the constitution.

According to NC Chief Whip Chinkaji Shrestha, the Prime Minister rejected the Poudel's proposal and stressed the need of revising the constitution first. He however assured that he would take the proposal to his party and government partners for discussions, Shrestha said.
Similarly, CPN (UML) Chief Whip Bhanubhakta Dhakal said the meeting discussed various possible areas for consensus. Mutual distrust among the political parties will be transformed into trust.
CPN (Maoist Centre) leader Krishna Bahadur Mahara said the parliament meeting was postponed by a day in a hope of finding package deal.