Oppn MPs say govt ‘undermined Parliament’

  • Object to Nidhi discussing statute amendment with India
- Binod Ghimire, Kathmandu

Aug 22, 2016-

Lawmakers from the opposition parties on Sunday came down heavily on the government, saying that it undermined Parliament’s supremacy by discussing the issue of constitution amendment with the Indian authorities. 

Speaking at Sunday’s meeting of the Legislature-Parliament, lawmakers from the CPN-UML and Nepal Majdoor Kisan Party (NMKP) said that the government’s act to assure the Indian establishment that it is preparing for constitution amendment “is a matter of national shame”.

They were referring to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Bimalendra Nidhi’s talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other Indian ministers in New Delhi where he had informed the Indian government of Nepal government’s plans to amend the constitution to address the concerns raised by the Madhesi and Janajati groups. 

Nidhi is in New Delhi as a special envoy of Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal. 

“The government is trying to prove that nothing can proceed ahead without India’s role. This is an issue of national shame,” said UML lawmaker Yagya Raj Sunuwar. 

Though Sunuwar came down heavily on the incumbent government, Kamal Thapa, who was DPM and foreign minister in the erstwhile UML-led government, had also gone to New Delhi with a similar proposal.

Speaking at Sunday’s House meeting, NMKP lawmaker Prem Suwal blamed the government for working under foreign influence. “Nidhi’s act to seek Indian consent for constitution amendment is an attack on nationalism,” he said.

Published: 22-08-2016 09:50

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