Sarita Giri to be recalled as Member of ParliamentThe Samajbadi Party has decided to recall Giri for defying the party whip to vote in favour of a constitutional amendment bill. Giri had registered an amendment.
The Samajbadi Party has decided to recall leader Sarita Giri as lawmaker and party member for defying the party's decision to unanimously endorse the constitutional amendment to revise the national map of the country.
A three-member panel led by party general secretary Ram Sahay Prasad Yadav recommended that the party sack Giri from both as a lawmaker and the party member, and the meeting of the officer bearers of the party took the decision accordingly on Tuesday, said Bishwodip Pandey, deputy head of the party's Publicity Department.
Giri had registered an amendment to the constitutional amendment bill registered by the government in Parliament on May 22. The bill was endorsed unanimously by both Houses of Parliament. Giri had boycotted the Lower House after Speaker Agni Sapkota announced that her proposal had been scrapped as per Clause 112 of the House of Representatives’ regulations, which says that any amendment proposal to a bill cannot contradict the primary spirit of the bill.
Giri's amendment to the bill had sought to retain the old map in the national emblem as there was no evidence to claim Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani as part of Nepal, she had argued.
The Samajbadi party had asked Giri to withdraw the amendment upon threat of internal action, but Giri had refused to do so.
The party, however, has yet to submit its decision to the Parliament Secretariat. Gopal Nath Yogi, secretary at the House of Representatives, said that when the secretariat receives the party’s decision, it will publish a public notice regarding her termination as a member of the Lower House.
“The decision will then be forwarded to the Election Commission,” Yogi told the Post.
The party can then recommend another candidate for the position from among those on the closed list of candidates for proportional representation seats submitted at the Election Commission.
Giri currently holds a proportional representation seat from the Samajbadi Party under the Khas Arya portion of the women quota.