Constitution amendment: Disappearance of 10 RPP lawmakers troubles ruling side

Rastriya Prajatantra Party Chairman Kamal Thapa launches the party’s local level election manifesto, in Lalitpur, on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

Kathmandu, April 30

Parties in the government faced a tough time on Sunday after as many as 10 lawmakers of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party did not attend the party’s Parliamentary Party meeting called to hold the final discussion on the constitution amendment bill.

Furthermore, the lawmakers have gone incommunicado and their mobile phones are off.

It has been reported that the lawmakers had expressed dissatisfaction over the party’s decision to support the bill.

Deputy Prime Minister Kamal Thapa’s party had called the meeting of lawmakers this morning to instruct them to vote in favour of the bill.

The meeting, however, issued the whip to the lawmakers, ordering to vote for the bill.

The party’s 37 votes are very significant for the government to endorse the bill as ruling parties have just managed to garner two third votes required for the amendment.

Arguably, the internal dispute in RPP was one of the reasons behind adjournment of House meeting till Thursday, according to a source.

The lawmakers who skipped the meeting are Ram Kumar Subba, Biraj Bista, Resham Lama, Ramesh Kumar Tamang, Sita Luintel, Gita Singh, Laxmi Thapa Paswan, Rajya Laxmi Shretha and Babita Lawati Moktan.

Meanwhile, party Chairman and Deputy Prime Minister Kamal Thapa has warned of action against the lawmakers for the absence.


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