Major parties fail to agree on resuming parliament

- RSS, Kathmandu

Dec 14, 2015-

The meeting among the major political parties called by House Speaker Onsari Gharti on Monday to resume the parliamentary business ended inconclusively. 

In the meeting held at the Speaker's Office in Singha Durbar, the main opposition – Nepali Congress – insisted on tabling the reconstruction authority bill and constitution amendment bill simultaneously at the parliament for passage. 

The ruling parties took a contradictory stance of first tabling the reconstruction bill followed by the bill on constitution's amendment. As the main opposition remained adamant, the meeting ended without making any headway. 

The agitating Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha (SLMM) had earlier taken a decision to not obstruct the house proceedings to pave the way of passage of the reconstruction bill, but the main opposition's stance has become a matter of concern for the ruling parties. The constitution amendment bill presented by the then Sushil Koirala-led government has already gained support of the major parties. 

The front has warned of picketing the rostrum if the constitution amendment bill and the reconstruction bill are presented simultaneously in the parliament. 

Speaking to journalists Speaker Gharti said the parties held positive discussion on different alternatives on resuming the parliamentary proceedings. Gharti added that the senior leaders of the three major parties would propose different alternatives on resumption of the parliamentary session before 1:00 pm on Tuesday when the parliament is scheduled to start. 

"Both the ruling parties and the main opposition have pledged to allow the parliament to resume tomorrow and I am confident they will," House Speaker Gharti said. 

UCPN (Maoist) Vice Chairman Narayankaji Shrestha said all the sides were positive on resuming the parliament. He said parties discussed on presenting the two bills in a single day but at different times. 

The meeting was attended by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, NC Vice President Ram Chandra Poudel, UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, former House Speaker Subash Nembang. NC President Sushil Koirala did not attend the meeting due to illness. RSS 

Published: 14-12-2015 20:58

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