December 1, 2021, Wednesday
Nepal 1:37:26 pm

Using parliamentary time positively

Editorial The Nepal Weekly (Vol. 29 No. 14 / April 20, 2021)

The Nepal Weekly
June 10, 2021

Nepali politicos particularly the elected representatives and their parties should once again consider utilizing parliamentary time in the best way possible. Had they taken this point seriously the session ending on Monday would have accomplished much. Since the House of Representatives is the topmost representative body in the country its conversation, decisions and directives have great values in national politics. Perhaps it is for this reason that the Supreme Court recently gave a verdict to reinstate it while rejecting Prime Minister Oli’s decision to dissolve the same. Learning lessons from this all should once again dedicate their time and energy to make the best of the current parliament. The existing scenario does not present a positive picture for different reasons. Most of the opposition parties and politicos in the parliament oppose PM Oli and his way of running government in public speeches, protest and forums. But they failed to make him answerable to the parliament. They talked of initiating a vote of no confidence against the PM immediately after the reinstatement of the HOR but they failed to present one. The Maoist Centre, despite its continued public rhetoric against the autocratic rule being imposed in the country under the guise of democracy, could not even kick off the task of withdrawing its support given to PM Oli. The opposition parties heard the other day PM Oli complaining against Speaker of the HOR for his neglecting the ordinances and businesses that the government has brought forward for parliamentary consideration. The all-party meeting that PM Oli organized the other day besides considering the new challenge thrown by second wave of COVID-19, businesses before parliament and other contemporary affairs indicated misunderstanding between the Executive and the Legislative. Such a state between two pillars of state would not promote healthy environment essential for democracy. Politicos should come forward and settle the differences between the two and allow people’s representatives to do their job in the best interest of the people and the Nepali society. If this could not be done people will begin to be frustrated and the same would not facilitate the democratic journey that the country has undertaken through the new constitution.