NCP accuses Nepali Congress of demanding share in constitutional positions

File: Sher Bahadur Deuba and KP Sharma Oli

Kathmandu, December 5

Two days after the Constitutional Council failed to nominate the next Chief Justice, sources close to the ruling Nepal Communist Party have accused the main opposition Nepali Congress of intentionally deferring the discussion as it wanted some share in vacant constitutional positions.

On the Council meeting on Monday, Congress president Sher Bahadur Deuba, who represents the main opposition party in the Council, had requested other members to defer the discussion as he had to attend the party’s Central Working Committee meeting.

Deuba did so as he wanted to discuss the issue with Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, according to the sources. They claim the opposition party is eyeing at vacant positions of commissioners at the anti-corruption agency, CIAA.

Otherwise, Deuba did not have any reason for deferring the discussion Cholendra Shamsher Rana was the sole candidate for the position, the sources claim. The party had openly backed his name while he was endorsed for the apex court judgeship four years ago.

The Judicial Council has recommended Deepak Raj Joshee also, but he is unlikely to make it to the final nomination as the Parliamentary Hearing Special Committee had rejected his name for the Chief Justice some months ago.

Meanwhile, the Congress has refused to accept the charge. The party’s chief whip Bal Krishna Khand says the party has just stated that apolitical persons should be appointed to such positions.

Published on December 5th, Wednesday, 2018 11:20 AM

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