KATHMANDU, June 4: House meeting scheduled to be held at 11 am has been postponed until 3 pm today after CPN-UML indicated that it would obstruct house proceedings.
With the house meeting due to start at 11 delayed, the possibility of Nepali Congress(NC) president Sher Bahadur Deuba being elected as 40th Prime Minister of Nepal today does not loom large.
"Obstructing the house meeting is CPN-UML’s official decision”, said CPN-UML lawmaker Rajan Bhattarai .
It has been learned that UML will not withdraw from its decision to disrupt house meeting until Court makes a decision regarding the EC’s decision to conduct re-election in Ward 19 of Bharatpur Metropolis.
At a time when it had been demanding for the resumption of vote count in Ward-19 of Bharatpur Metropolis postponed following ballot-tearing incident, Election Commission(EC) on Saturday decided to hold re-election in the concerned ward . UML has accused the ruling parties of making the EC decide to conduct re-election in Ward 19 of Bharatpur Metropolitan city.
Nepali Congress president and erstwhile Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba registered his candidacy for the 40th Prime Minister of Nepal at the Secretariat of Legislature Parliament at 11 am on Saturday.
Outgoing Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal had proposed his candidacy, which was supported by four leaders including senior NC leader Ram Chandra Paudel and Nepal Democratic Party chairman Bijaya Kumar Gachchhadar.
Since the opposition party did not field any leader for the prime ministerial race, Deuba was bound to be elected as the 40th Prime Minister of Nepal today if the meeting of Legislature Parliament had been held at the predetermined time.
The original schedule fixed by Secretariat of Legislature Parliament affected by UML's decision to disrupt house meeting is as follows: