House deferred for three weeks due to lack of business

Published On: February 6, 2017 01:20 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Feb 6: Following dispute between big and fringe political parties, over threshold to provision for defining national political party; the parliament session has been further prolonged, despite lack of business. 

Parliament meeting has been deferred till March 21 due to lack of business. The government has said that the House session will be prorogued after endorsing the Bill Related to Political Parties which is under discussion in the State Affairs Committee of the Parliament. 

Due to political wrangling over threshold provision the committee has been failing to forward the bill to the parliament for months. 

Major political parties have stood for three percent threshold provision to become the national political party in the parliament. According to the provision any political party securing less than three percent of total house seats will not given the status in parliament and its lawmakers will remain as independent.

The big parties have stood for granting government funds for the national political parties. 

But, fringe political parties have pressed the big parties for not including such provision in the Bill Related to Political Parties. They have claimed that the proposal is against the democratic norms and political rights granted by the constitution. 

With the dispute prolonging in the committee and full House receiving not major business from the government Speaker Onsari Gharti announced the next House meeting after three weeks for February 21. 

With the decision ongoing budget session of the parliament, which was started in May 3 2016, is likely to become the longest House session in the parliament practice.  

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