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National Assembly chair opposes speaker’s move to return Constitutional Council decision

File: Ganesh Prasad Timilsina

Kathmandu, February 1

National Assembly Chairman Ganesh Prasad Timilsina has protested House of Representatives Speaker Agni Prasad Sapkota’s move of sending back the decision regarding nominations of various officials at constitutional bodies to the Constitutional Council.

Organising a press meet in Kathmandu on Monday, Chairman Timilsina said Sapkota acted as if there was not another house in the Federal Parliament. He added that the letters received should have become the property of the parliament.

This has clearly divided two chiefs of the two houses of the parliament into two factions of the recently split Nepal Communist Party.

Whereas Speaker Sapkota had boycotted the controversial council meeting on December 15, 2020, Chairman Timilsina had attended it.

The council meeting had nominated various persons for 45 vacant positions at constitutional bodies.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli had issued an ordinance to convene the meeting even in absence of the House of Representatives Speaker and the main opposition leader on December 15. Besides Oli, Chief Justice Cholendra Shamsher Rana and Timilsina had attended the meeting that day.

After strong protests inside the Nepal Communist Party, Oli had said he would withdraw the ordinance. Later, it was revealed that he had lied to the party.

However, the nominations were made public after President Bidya Devi Bhandari ordered the dissolution of the House, endorsing Oli’s recommendation.

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