Ruling alliance to send amendment bill on Citizenship Act back to President in its present formBhandari returned the bill, passed by both houses last month, to the Parliament on Sunday for a review.
A meeting of the ruling alliance on Tuesday decided to present the amendment bill on the Citizenship Act, which was returned by President Bidya Devi Bhandari for a review on Sunday, to resend it again for authentication without any changes.
The five-party coalition has decided to endorse the amendment bill on Citizenship Act without any changes as the issues raised by the President are procedural ones and they could be taken into account while implementing it, according to Law Minister Govinda Bandi.
“The ruling coalition has decided that the Home Ministry will present the bill at the Parliament as it is in its next meeting,” Bandi, who was present in the meeting of the ruling coalition, told the Post.
The next House meeting is slated for Thursday.
Speaker Agni Sapkota had sent the bill to amend the Citizenship Act 2006 for authentication on July 31 after the House of Representatives endorsed it on July 22 and the National Assembly on July 26.
However, President Bhandari returned the bill to the House of Representatives on Sunday for a review along with a 15-point message.
The ruling coalition has also decided not to send the bill to any parliamentary committee for discussions.
According to Bandi, the coalition leaders have taken President Bhandari’s move to return the bill to the House as an exercise of her constitutional right.
There is a constitutional provision that the President should authenticate the bill within 15 days once the Federal Parliament resends the bill.