KATHMANDU, August 9: CPN-UML lawmaker Khagaraj Adhikari has accused Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba of not being accountable to parliament.
MP Adhikari, who is also a former home minister, raised objections by mentioning that Prime Minister Deuba did not participate in the program even once, although there is a rule to attend the House of Representatives twice a month and participate in the hour-long question-and-answer program.
He claimed that because the ruling parties and the government are not accountable to parliament, the issue of proportional representation of women has been overshadowed. Participating in the discussion on the proposal of urgent public importance submitted to parliament for the proportional participation of women in the upcoming provincial assembly and federal parliament elections on Tuesday, MP Adhikari said that his party is constantly working to ensure the proportional representation of women in every organ of the state.
He said, "In Chapter 9 of the Rules of the House of Representatives, there is an hour's time for the Prime Minister to appear in parliament twice a month and participate in a question-and-answer session. Right honorable Speaker, the government and the ruling party are not accountable to parliament. And now what happens when we cry? The ruling party is not ready. Has this program started since the Right Honorable Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba became the Prime Minister? That is why we have had this important discussion. We respect that. But will this be implemented? Has it been implemented? Do we have the right to make laws? It is our party that has been continuously working for equal representation of women.”