#First Meeting of Reinstated Parliament

Both factions of NCP to sit on seating rows meant for ruling side

Published On: March 7, 2021 02:12 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, March 7: Amid various speculations and curiosity about the seating arrangements of the two rival factions of the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) in the first meeting of the seventh session of the House of Representatives on Sunday afternoon amid the intense intraparty row, the Parliament Secretariat said that lawmakers of both the factions – one led by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and the other led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Madhav Kumar Nepal --  will be seated on the seating rows designated for the ruling side.

According to the secretariat, both sides are required to sit on the seats designated for the ruling side as the Election Commission (EC) is yet to decide the legitimacy of the NCP and issue its verdict about the party split. “We have made the usual arrangement that all the lawmakers of the NCP, regardless of their claim over the legitimacy of the party, will be seated on the seats meant for the ruling party,” said Rojnath Pandy, spokesperson for the secretariat.

The winter session of the House is all set to begin at 4PM later today after the Supreme Court’s February 23 verdict to overturn PM Oli’s decision to dissolve the lower house of parliament on December 20 last year.

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