Nepal parliament completes tenure, dissolved but grievances remain on board

ANI | Updated: Oct 15, 2017 05:27 IST

Kathmandu [Nepal] Oct. 15 (ANI): Nepal's Parliament turned Constituent Assembly (CA) completed its tenure on Saturday as per the constitutional provision and has dissolved from midnight leaving grievances of disgruntled parties on board.

On the occasion, the House Speaker Onsari Gharti Magar highlighted the achievements and works completed by the parliament turned CA since its transformation that dates back to 2015.

"Endorsement of two fiscal year budgets, election of the President , Vice- President, election for Speaker, Deputy House Speaker, election of two Prime Ministers, bills related to the implementation of the constitution as well as those necessary for the daily works, the essential bills for reconstruction after the earthquake is endorsed without delay and utmost priority. These completed tasks will have a long time impact," Magar claimed while making her farewell speech.

The Parliament turned Constituent Assembly have promulgated the first democratic constitution in 2015, but it tore the country into two parts.

"Regarding the implementation of the constitution we revised many bills as well as demanded for the amendment over the constitution. Whether to call it a fortune or misfortune, the play of three parties the amendment failed," Rukmani Chaudhary, Lawmaker from Federal Democratic National Forum said here.

"The tendency of pointing one another never addressed the demands and grievances of the Madhesi, Tharu and Indigenous groups by failed attempt of constitution amendment," she added.

The Madhesh based parties demanded more inclusion in the newly promulgated constitution and sought amendment over it and was failed though it was tabled lately and amended once.

As per the newly promulgated constitution the term of the incumbent parliament ends a day before the candidates file their nomination for the House of Representatives election.

The Government of Nepal under the rule of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has called for the election of the Provincial Center and the House of Representative in two phases i.e. November and December.

The Election Commission has asked the political parties to submit the list of candidates under the Proportional Representation electoral system till October 15.

The last date for filing candidacy under the First- Past- the- Post Electoral System is October 22.

Article 296 of the constitution has set January 21, 2018 as the date for the expiry of current parliament. It has also stated that the parliament will be dissolved if the election for the House of Representative is called before.

By Binod Prasad Adhikari