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Consensus elusive for ending House impasse


20 August 2023  

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KATHMANDU: The meeting of the top leaders of all parliamentary parties in the federal parliament called by Prime Minister and CPN-Maoist Center Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has ended inclusively.

CPN-UML chairman KP Oli refrained from participating the meeting citing ‘health issues’.

Similarly, a meeting between the ruling and opposition parties initiated by House of Representatives (HoR) Speaker Devraj Ghimire today failed to find a consensus for ending the ongoing deadlock in the parliament.

Though the Speaker sat for talks with Whips of the ruling parties and the opposition at his office in Singha Durbar today, the consensus had not been possible as they refused to budge from their stance.

Citing that the prolonged House stalemate had sent a negative message to the public, the Speaker called on the whips of ruling and oppositions for the meeting.

According to Rastriya Swatantra Party (RSP) whip Santosh Pariyar, the main opposition UML, was of the stand of further intensifying the House obstructions while the ruling partners were reluctant to budge from their stances.

However, the RSP had proposed to discuss the matters of misunderstandings within the House and ending the parliament impasse.

The Nepali Congress and Maoist Center were present in the meeting on behalf of the ruling coalition while the UML, RSP and Rastriya Prajatantra Party represented the opposition line.

UML has been obstructing the House business demanding the formation of a high-level committee to probe the gold scam.

The obstruction continues since the confiscation of a large cache of gold that was smuggled into the country via Tribhuvan International Airport from Sinamangal Area on July 18. The party expresses doubt over the impartial investigation into the scam from the investigation by the government itself.

As of the time of compiling this report, the HoR session that was slated for 1:00 pm today had not commenced.

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Publish Date : 20 August 2023 15:45 PM

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