UCPn (Maoist) obstructs parliament

- Pranab Kharel, Kathmandu

May 30, 2014-

The UCPN (Maoist) on Friday obstructed the proceedings of Parliament demanding the implementation of the four-point agreement signed between political parties after the November Constituent Assembly elections last year.

Some parties including the Maoists had demanded a parliamentary committee  to look into alleged rigging in the polls soon after the election results showed their poor standing. Backed by other  parties such as the Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal, the UCPN (M) has threatened to continue disrupting the proceedings until the agreement is implemented.

Other provisions of the agreement include the formation of a High-level Political Committee (HLPC) to facilitate informal talks among the parties, setting up the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and ensuring a constitution within a year.

On the TRC front, an Act has been approved to form two commissions on truth, reconciliation and enforced disappearances but the HLPC formation is in limbo.

“House proceedings cannot go ahead unless the four-point agreement is implemented,” said Maoist Parliamentary Party leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal. The protest comes at a time when Parliament is scheduled to hold pre-budget discussions.

The party had obstructed the House earlier too demanding a rollback of increased fuel prices. Subsequently, a parliamentary committee was formed to suggest reforms in the Nepal Oil Corporation and the government partially slashed the prices.

On Friday, Speaker Subas Nembang read out the letter from President Ram Baran Yadav declaring the commencement of the budget session. Nembang put off the meeting until 3pm before reconvening it.

Speaking in the second half of the session, Dahal alleged that the government had been trying to monopolise the budget making process.

“We have heard that around Rs 4 billion has been siphoned off under different

headings keeping even the collation partners in dark,” said Dahal.

Pointing out alleged irregularities in other sectors, Dahal questioned the recommendations for the post of AIGs in Nepal Police. “Why was seniority compromised while making these recommendations,” he asked.

Dahal pinned blame on the government for delaying the nomination of 26 lawmakers and electing the chairpersons of parliamentary committees. He stressed the need to carry on with the politics of consensus. “It will be tragic if the spirit of consensus is not respected,” he warned.

Published: 31-05-2014 08:31

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