KATHMANDU, April 10: Lawmakers have drawn the attention of the parliament and the government on issues as the local level election, constitution amendment and the meeting of the Council of Ministers being hindered due to the row over seniority of two Deputy Prime Ministers.
Speaking in the Zero Hour and Special Hour in the meeting of the Legislature-Parliament today, the lawmakers raised these issues.
Satya Narayan Mandal of the CPN (UML) said the cadres of the United Democratic Madhesi Front had misbehaved with his mother, wife and daughter-in-law at his house in Saptari on Sunday, and demanded stern action against the guilty.
Keshav Prasad Badal of the same party underlined the need of revisions in the Cooperatives Act to promote the cooperatives as an important means of attaining the Sustainable Development Goals.
Harkabol Rai, also of the UML, complained that the reconstruction works have not picked up speed even now in the earthquake affected districts.
Rewati Raman Bhandari expressed concern that the government employees were not present in the Parliament for reporting the issues raised in the House.
Referring to the dispute over seniority among the deputy prime ministers, he said, "It is not good for the government ministers to say they will not attend the Cabinet meeting. Janak Raj Joshi of the CPN (Maoist Centre) demanded that the report on local level restructuring be brought to the notice of the parliament. Shyam Kumar Shrestha (Kavre) of the same party seconded Joshi's demand.
Kanta Bhattarai of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party reiterated on following the Sanatan Hindu religion, saying the country would make progress only by following and respecting the Sanatana religion ethos.
Prem Suwal of the Nepal Workers and Peasants Party condemned the US attack on Syria and demanded that the government should flay this aggression by a powerful country over a weaker one.
Chitra Bahadur KC, chairman of the Rastriya Janamorcha, raised a question over the efficiency of the government saying that the Cabinet has not been able to hold its meeting for the last three weeks due to the dispute over seniority among the two deputy prime ministers. "This is unfortunate and it does not send a good message to the people,' he quipped.
Chairman of the Nepali Janata Dal Hari Charan Sah demanded with the government to clarify the parliament about the new constitution amendment proposal.
Madhesi Front lawmakers boycott meeting
Lawmakers belonging to the parties in the Madhesi Front boycotted the parliament meeting today also.
At the outset of the meeting, Gopal Dahit of the Tharuhat Party Nepal complained that the government did not hear and the parliament also did not care about their demands for constitution amendment. He said that they were not opposed to the election but the local election could not take place until the conducive political environment was created.
The lawmakers close to the Front exited from the meeting hall chanting slogans after Dahit announced in parliament that they would not take part in the election and also boycott the parliament meetings until the constitution was amended. RSS