We won't allow House to function as long as people expelled by party are present there: Oli

Published On: December 3, 2021 03:03 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Dec 3: CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli has indicated that his party will continue the obstruction in parliament as long as the lawmakers belonging to the CPN (Unified Socialist) party led by Madhav Kumar Nepal are present in the House.

Talking to media persons after assuming the post of party chairman for the second consecutive term at the party's headquarters in Thapathali on Friday, Chairman Oli said that parliament cannot function smoothly as long as the individuals who were legally expelled are present in parliament.

"Why has this [parliament session] been summoned? We will know this after seeing how the government side presents itself," he said. "How can parliament function while keeping people expelled by our party? If we are to follow the rules, non-parliamentarians cannot stay in parliament."

President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Friday summoned the meetings of the House of Representatives (HoR) and National Assembly at 2PM on December 14 at the recommendation of the cabinet on Thursday. 

Earlier on October 29, the government had prorogued the House session amid continuing protests of the lawmakers belonging to the main opposition party, CPN-UML. A number of bills including the endorsement of MCC Compact Agreement through parliament are put on hold after the government abruptly decided to prorogue the House session.

Chairman Oli also alleged that Speaker Agni Sapkota had established illegitimate relations with the ruling coalition against the UML. The UML has been alleging that the Speaker Sapkota had failed to take action against the lawmakers, who were dismissed by the party, to facilitate Madhav Kumar Nepal to form a new party, splitting the UML.

In a separate context, Chairman Oli said that the ruling coalition won't be able to find a solution to the problems seen at the Supreme Court. "There will be no way out of the current stalemate in the court. This cannot be expected from the ruling coalition either. There is a need for a fresh mandate of the people," he further said.


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