Parliament impasse continues as parties fail to reach a consensus

Parliament building

Kathmandu, August 20

A meeting between the ruling and opposition parties initiated by House of Representatives Speaker Devraj Ghimire on Sunday failed to find a consensus to end the ongoing deadlock in the parliament.

Though the Speaker sat for talks with chief whips of the ruling parties and the opposition at his office in Singha Durbar, a consensus had not been possible as they refused to budge from their stance.

Citing that the prolonged House stalemate had sent a negative message to the public, the speaker called on the whips of ruling and oppositions for the meeting.

According to Rastriya Swatantra Party (RSP) whip Santosh Pariyar, the major opposition, UML did not want to end the House obstruction as the ruling coalition said it would not form a high-level probe committee to investigate the gold smuggling case.

The meeting of the House was scheduled to start at 1 pm has not commenced as the UML continues its obstruction. The UML started to obstruct the house on July 26.

The speaker has called the next session for August 22.

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