No discussion on House rules as NC seeks 4 days

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Jun 16, 2016-

The Legislature-Parliament on Wednesday did not discuss the parliamentary regulations after the Nepali Congress sought four days to resolve the dispute relating to the size of the Parliamentary Hearing Special Committee (PHSC). Discussion on parliamentary regulations was, however, earlier incorporated in the schedule. 

The Parliament Secretariat had included the parliamentary regulations as one of the agendas for discussion. The House will now discuss the issue on Monday. Earlier on Wednesday, a meeting of senior leaders of the ruling parties and the main opposition Nepali Congress had agreed to expedite discussions in the next four days. 

Subas Nembang, deputy parliamentary party leader of the CPN-UML, and Nepali Congress leader Krishna Sitaula have been tasked with resolving the dispute.

Hitraj Pandey, chief whip of the CPN Maoist Centre, said the regulations will be decided through voting on Monday if parties fail to reach consensus. “The leader of main opposition [Sher Bahadur Deuba] was in Jumla, so we agreed to postpone the process for a few days,” said Pandey. “We won’t go beyond Monday.” 

The ruling parties on Tuesday had decided to endorse the parliamentary regulations from the full House after a meeting called by PM KP Sharma Oli failed to resolve the disputed issues. 

The meeting attended by senior leaders from the ruling and the main opposition could not find a meeting point after both sides stuck to their guns over the size of the PHSC. While the ruling parties are in favour of a 15-member PHSC, the NC is for continuation to the 73-member committee. 

Published: 16-06-2016 08:28

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