Oppn will take stern steps if govt tries to push bill: Oli

  • constitution amendment
- Post Report, Kathmandu
The UML chair assures the opposition parties will not obstruct Sunday’s House meeting but insists the govt should follow the spirit of consensus

Jan 6, 2017-CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli warned on Thursday that the opposition parties would take stern steps if the government tried to push the constitution amendment bill “even after a Supreme Court ruling that provincial boundaries cannot be changed without the approval of the provincial assembly”. 

The former prime minister added that the opposition parties will not obstruct Sunday’s House meeting but maintained that the government must withdraw the amendment bill and follow the spirit of consensus.

While addressing a press meet organised at the party headquarters in Dhumbarahi to inform the media about a mass demonstration planned by the UML for Friday, Oli said his party will not obstruct Parliament but will certainly take stern steps if the government tried to push the amendment bill.

The governing parties, however, have been saying that the court ruling had paved the way for tabling the amendment bill in Parliament and are planning to take the bill to the House for deliberations. 

Monday’s apex court ruling is being interpreted by the governing parties and the opposition alliance differently. 

While refusing to issue a stay order against taking the constitution amendment bill to the House, arguing that Parliament as a sovereign body should get the opportunity to use its wisdom, the Supreme Court on Monday had also made a reference to Article 274 of the constitution, which says matters related to changes in provincial boundaries must be sent to the provincial assembly for its consent. 

The governing parties interpret the ruling as the court clearing the way for tabling the amendment bill, while the opposition alliance is sticking to the court’s reference to Article 274.

Oli on Thursday also claimed that the SC ruling validated the opposition’s argument that the amendment bill was unconstitutional. The UML chairman on Thursday also lashed out at Madhes-based parties, saying that their statements change with every lunch and breakfast meeting they hold, in an oblique reference to some top Madhesi leaders’ lunch meeting with Indian envoy in December. 

Published: 06-01-2017 09:25

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