House likely to be deferred again over rebuilding delayNepali Congress adamant on getting its concerns addressed before Parliament resumes business
The meeting of the Legislature-Parliament is likely to be obstructed once again on Sunday, third day in a row, after the main opposition Nepali Congress and the ruling coalition failed to sort their differences over addressing the delay in post-disaster reconstruction.
A meeting between NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba and Prime Minister
KP Sharma Oli on Saturday failed to make much headway, confirmed NC leader Ram Hari Khatiwada.
“Oli said he would consult with his coalition partners before sitting for talks again tomorrow,” he said.
“Until the government is interested in arriving at a meeting point with us regarding our demands, we will continue to obstruct the House,” NC leader Bimalendra Nidhi told the Post on Saturday. “We are not interested in what Oli has to say, we want to know whether the government is ready to provide lump sum aid instead of in tranches.”
Prime Minister Oli had reached Parliament on Friday to update lawmakers about the progress in post-disaster works but the NC obstructed the proceedings demanding that their grievances be addressed first.
NC leaders are pressing the government to follow the “democratic practices as per parliamentary norms” by first seeking consensus with the main opposition before the PM addresses the House.
Congress leader Prakash Man Singh on Friday morning submitted a list of 22 demands to PM Oli at a meeting of the National Reconstruction Authority’s steering committee in Baluwatar, accusing the CPN-UML of “exploiting post-reconstruction aid to benefit UML cadres”.
According to the National Reconstruction Authority, the directive to provide aid in tranches was signed with the World Bank last August by the previous government led by the Nepali Congress.