Government decides to prorogue the ongoing House sessionDecision comes amid no business for Parliament for over a month and a half since it convened its first meeting on March 7 after it was reinstated.
The government has decided to recommend prorogation of the current session of the House of Representatives from 1pm Monday.
The winter session of the House began on March 7, after the Supreme Court on February 23 overturned Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s decision to dissolve it on December 20 last year. At the time of the dissolution, the House was in recess, as the previous session had been prorogued on July 2.
“A Cabinet meeting on Monday morning decided to recommend the House prorogation to President Bidya Devi Bhandari,” Minister for Agriculture Padma Kumari Aryal said.
The decision comes amid talks among opposition parties to bring a no-confidence motion against the Oli government.
Over the last one and a half months since the House was reinstated, it remained largely dysfunctional, with the government refusing to provide any business.
The government decision to prorogue the House also comes amid concerns if Oli is making attempts to dissolve it again.
Oli refused to step down despite the Supreme Court overturning his House dissolution decision, calling it unconstitutional.
The day the House held its first meeting on March 7 after its reinstatement, the Supreme Court, in a dramatic decision, scrapped the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) and revived the CPN-UML and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre).
The court decision turned the Parliament into a hung Parliament.
The Maoist Centre, however, did not withdraw the support it lent Oli back in February 2018, thereby creating a situation of status quo.
Though there were talks between the Nepali Congress, the main opposition, the Maoist Centre and the Janata Samajbadi Party, the fourth but key force in Parliament, to form a coalition government, there was no concrete progress.