Parties’ meeting still inconclusive
Kathmandu, May 14: The all-party meeting summoned for resolving the dispute over parliamentary regulations ended inconclusively today.
Prime Minister, KP Sharma Oli, had invited the main opposition party – Nepali Congress – among other parties for dialogue on resolving the issue. The meeting held at the PM’s official residence at Baluwatar sat for two hours during which the parties stuck to their position.
The ruling coalition partners CPN (UML) and UCPN (Maoist) have been insisting on 15-member Parliamentary Hearing Committee as per the constitutional provision whereas NC has called for 73 members so as to accommodate fringe parties.
UML Chief Whip Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal said the PM had summoned the all-party meeting to forge consensus among the parties disputing over the parliamentary regulation.
The parties’ repeated failure to agree on the Regulation Draft Committee has left the hearing of the recommended 11 justices and 21 ambassadors in a limbo.
The meeting was attended by CPN (UML) Chairman and PM Oli, senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal, Chief Whip Dhakal and NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba, NC Chief Whip Chinkaji Shrestha and Ramesh Lekhak. The UCPN (Maoist) Vice Chairman Narayan Kaji Shrestha, Secretary Barshma Man Pun, Chief Whip Hitraj Pandey, Madhesi Janadhikar Forum Democratic Chairman and Deputy Prime Minister Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar and RPP leader and Labour and Employment Minister Deepak Bohara also took part.