39 days wasted in wrangle with opposition

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Nov 9, 2014-

Although the budget session of Parliament boasts the presence of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who addressed a packed house of lawmakers in August, 39 days of the six-month period were wasted due to opposition boycott.

The obstruction had an effect on the functioning of Parliament and its business as only six of the 20 bills tabled before it got through. In the 71 days that Parliament was in business, there were 77 sittings.

The opposition led by the UCPN (Maoist) halted the business demanding formation of the Political Committee and relief for conflict victims.

Five of the six bills endorsed by the House relate to budget and the sixth one concerns countering sexual harassment at workplace. Parliament sent five bills relating to civil and criminal laws to the respective committees for discussion.

The session witnessed a heated exchange that got close to a scuffle between RPP-Nepal lawmakers and those of the ruling Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML over the police crackdown on Hindu state campaigners.

Lawmakers also took the House by storm demanding increment in the constituency development funds. President Ram Baran Yadav on Sunday prorogued the session that commenced on May 30. Observers say the House no longer attracts attention and that non-agenda topics continue to dominate proceedings.

“How can you hold Parliament hostage to an irrelevant issue of the leadership of the Political Committee?” questioned Nilamber Acharya, the head of the drafting committee of the first Constituent Assembly.

 

Published: 10-11-2014 08:43

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