Ordinance on Political Parties tabled amid protest at HoR

Obstruction House UML
UML lawmakers obstruct the meeting of House of Representatives. (File photo/RSS)

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Kathmandu: Home Minister Balkrishna Khand tabled the Ordinance on Political Parties, 2021 in the third meeting of the House of Representatives (HoR) amidst the protest of the major opposition, CPN-UML on Wednesday.

Speaker Agni Prasad Sapkota allowed time to the Home Minister for presenting the Ordinance. Earlier, the two meetings of the HoR were postponed without entering the regular schedule due to obstruction by the UML.

The UML HoR members left their seats immediately after the Speaker recited the letter sent from the President’s Office on the House call and picketed the bell.

The UML HoR members argued that those who were taken action by the party could not attend the HoR meeting. The second meeting of the HoR witnessed similar obstruction after 15 minutes. However, amidst the obstruction, the Speaker recited the names of members to preside the HoR meeting in his absence.

Although the Speaker said his attention was drawn towards the demand they raised and sought cooperation to run the meeting, the UML lawmakers did not stop chanting slogans. The UML had taken action against 14 lawmakers including leader Madhav Kumar Nepal, which the Speaker denied to approve. With this, the UML has accused Speaker of abetting the UML party split.

The HoR meeting will be held next on Friday.