March 17, 2019 03:35 PM NPT
KATHMANDU, March 17: A meeting of the House of Representatives adjourned on Sunday afternoon following the protest of the disgruntled Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN).
The RJPN parliamentarians obstructed the House session demanding the government to release a report produced by a high-level commission led by former justice Girish Chandra Lal, which was formed to investigate the atrocities committed during the Madhes movement in 2015.
Immediately after the House session began, RJPN lawmakers protested against the government by rising from their seats. On the occasion, RJPN lawmaker Laxman Lal Karna said that they would continue obstructing the parliament unless the Lal Commission report is made public. Then after, Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara adjourned the meeting for ten minutes.
This is for the second time the RJPN obstructed the parliament in the past one week. Earlier on March 14, the RJPN had obstructed the parliament for the same reason.
The government has not made public the report produced by the Lal Commission even following the instruction of Speaker Mahara to do so. The report has stated that 66 persons including ten police personnel were killed in the movement.
The commission was formed as per the demand of the Madhes-based parties and it had submitted the investigation report to the then Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba in December 2017. However, the government has not made the report public.
Violent protests had erupted in the run-up to constitution drafting as the Madhes-based fringe parties vehemently opposed the plans of the major political parties to promulgate the constitution through a fast-track process in the constituent assembly.
The probe commission was set up as per a three-point deal reached between the Nepali Congress, the CPN (Maoist Centre) and the then Federal Alliance of the disgruntled Madhesi parties.
The report has incorporated altogether 3,264 complaints registered at the commission.