UML ‘will not’ obstruct House for poll bills

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Dec 12, 2016-

The main opposition CPN-UML has hinted that it will not obstruct House proceedings when the government introduces election-related bills in Parliament.

During a meeting between Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba and UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli, the latter, according to a leader present in the meeting, said that his party would not let the House function until the constitution amendment bill is withdrawn but added that it would lift House obstructions when poll-related bills are tabled in Parliament.

Five election-related bills are gathering dust in the Cabinet and Parliament. Discussions on those which are already in Parliament have failed to move forward due to House obstruction by the UML. 

During Sunday’s meeting, Deuba requested Oli to refrain from obstructing parliamentary proceedings so that election-related bills could be endorsed. 

On constitution amendment, Oli maintained his earlier position that the government must withdraw the amendment bill and create environment for holding elections. 

“Both the leaders agreed to end the political deadlock through dialogue,” said UML leader Subas Nembang who was present in the meeting. “Our chairman made it clear that the UML will not obstruct House proceedings once the government brings election-related bills in Parliament”, Nembang told reporters. 

Deuba is learnt to have told Oli that the growing trust deficit among major parties must be addressed at the earliest. 

“Our meeting dwelt on House obstruction and local elections,” Deuba said after the meeting. “The UML is positive about seeking a way out to present deadlock.” 

Published: 12-12-2016 07:29

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