Samajbadi Party notifies Parliament secretariat about its decision to recall Sarita GiriParty decided to recall lawmaker for defying its whip to vote in favour of a constitutional amendment bill. Giri had registered a separate amendment.
The Samajbadi Party, Nepal has submitted its decision to recall Sarita Giri as lawmaker and party member for defying its decision to unanimously endorse the constitutional amendment to revise the country’s political map, to the Parliament secretariat for further process.
A three-member panel led by general secretary Ram Sahay Prasad Yadav had recommended that the party sack Giri both as lawmaker and party member. A meeting of the party’s office bearers endorsed the recommendation on Tuesday.
Party co-chair Rajendra Shrestha and chief-whip Uma Shankar Argariya submitted a copy of the party’s decision to Bharat Raj Gautam, general secretary at the parliament secretariat.
“We have submitted our decision to the secretariat to formally terminate her as lawmaker,” Shrestha told the Post. He said the secretariat will publish a notice that Giri no longer remains a member of the House of Representatives and inform the Election Commission about the decision. “Then after, we will start a process to pick a new member for the vacant position,” he added.
Giri currently holds a proportional representation seat from the Samajbadi Party under the Khas Arya portion of the women quota.
Gopal Nath Yogi, secretary at the House of Representatives, said Guatam, after studying the documents, will recommend that Speaker Agni Sapkota take a formal decision. “The law gives 15 days’ time for the decision. However, it shouldn’t take that long,” he told the Post. It is likely that Sapkota will take a decision on Thursday.
Giri had filed an amendment to the constitutional amendment bill registered by the government in Parliament on May 22. The bill was endorsed unanimously by both chambers of Parliament. Giri had boycotted the meeting 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 had sought to retain the old map in the national emblem, arguing that there was no evidence to claim Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani as parts of Nepal.
The Samajbadi Party had asked Giri to withdraw the amendment, but Giri had refused to comply.