Nepali Congress blocks Oli from addressing House

Marshals on standby as Nepali Congress lawmakers obstruct a House of Representatives meeting, in Kathmandu, on Tuesday, June 18, 2019.

Kathmandu, June 18

Lawmakers of the main opposition Nepali Congress obstructed the House of Representatives meeting on Tuesday when Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli was about to begin his address.

The main opposition party demanded that its parliamentary party leader Sher Bahadur Deuba be allowed to address the House about contemporary political issues including the controversial Guthi Bill.

After the Parliament Secretariat published the schedule of the meeting this morning, the opposition leaders met Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara and demanded that their leader be allowed to speak first.

But, Mahara did not agree and the meeting called for 11 am began after the noon.

Hence, as soon as the meeting began, the lawmakers stoop up from their seats in protest. In general, the Speaker allows one of the standing up lawmakers to speak on such occasions, but today he requested them to sit down as the prime minister was speaking. He said he would give time to the opposition party once the PM completed his address.

But, the opposition lawmakers came in front of the rostrum, and Speaker Mahara prorogued the meeting till Wednesday.

It has been learned that Prime Minister Oli was about to inform the House about his recent Europe trip and other contemporary issues.

Published on June 18th, Tuesday, 2019 12:56 PM

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