KATHMANDU, August 23: The ruling alliance has expressed serious concern over the threats issued by a group of CPN-UML lawmakers against Speaker of House of Representatives (HoR) Agni Prasad Sapkota.
Issuing a joint press statement on Monday, the ruling Nepali Congress (NC), CPN (Maoist Center), Janata Samajbadi Party and Rastriya Janamorcha Party expressed serious concern over the threat issued against Speaker Sapkota. They maintained that the threatening remarks made by the UML lawmakers against Speaker Sapkota go against the constitution and the parliamentary democratic system.
Earlier on August 19 and 20, a group of UML lawmakers close to KP Oli had visited Speaker Sapkota at his chamber and exerted pressure on Speaker Sapkota to dismiss 14 lawmakers of the party including Madhav Kumar Nepal. They had issued a verbal threat to Speaker Sapkota to dismiss the lawmakers. “On the same day, the leader of the opposition party made a similar remark on social media which has also drawn our attention,” the joint statement reads further.
The joint statement is signed by Pushpa Bushal, a whip of NC’s parliamentary party, Dev Prasad Gurung, chief whip of the CPN (Maoist Center), Pradip Yadav, federal assembly member of the Janata Samajbadi Party (JSP), Durga Poudel, leader of Rastriya Janamorcha Party, and Jeevan Raj Shrestha, a member of the federal parliament.