House meet postponed due to disputes among major parties

Posted on: May 24, 2017 | views: 155

The scheduled meeting of the Legislature-Parliament was postponed without entering the regular proceedings due to the major political parties' failure to forge a consensus. 

The next meeting of the House is scheduled to be held at 11:00 am today. 

Speaker Onsari Ghartimagar's repeated efforts to forge consensus among the major political parties to begin the House meeting failed to yield any result as the leaders did not budge from their respective stance. 

Speaker Gharti facilitated the meeting between Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda', Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba and CPN (UML) Chairman KP Sharma Oli but the meeting ended inconclusively due to stance of the UML, leaders told after the meeting. 

The UML has been demanding that the government retracts from Monday's decision to increase the number of local level units in the Tarai districts. 

However, the government has said that the number of the local level units have been increased with the aim to bring the agitating Madhes-centric parties on board the polls. 

Prime Minister Prachanda was scheduled to make his special address to the House and announce his resignation on Tuesday. 

Nepali Congress Whip Chinkaji Shrestha said that UML's act is unconstitutional and against the spirit of democratic norms and values. 

However, the parties have agreed to sit for a meeting at 9:00 am today to sort out the disputes. 

Likewise, Minister for Foreign Affairs and NC leader Dr Prakash Sharan Mahat said that the government is being changed in a natural process as per the agreement between the NC and Maoist Centre. 

But, UML's Chief Whip Bhanubhakta Dhakal said that his party protested against the government decision to increase the number of the local level units. 

Meanwhile, CPN (UML) Chairman KP Sharma Oli has urged the ruling alliance not to be in haste for government change until the second round of local level polls. 

Organizing a news conference, he asked the ruling parties to be serious regarding the government change for this is the time for holding the second phase polls, bringing government policy and programs and unveiling budget. 

Oli also asked the government to withdraw its decision to increase the number of local level units. Similarly, he stressed on the formation of a parliamentary probe committee to investigate into the foul play that allegedly took place in the first phase of the local level polls.