The Ninth session of the House of Representatives (HoR) was briefly put off twice on Wednesday following obstruction by the main opposition party, CPN-UML, in the first day of the new session of the Lower House. The UML obstructed the Parliament proceedings demanding dismissal of the 14 lawmakers formerly belonging to the CPN-UML, who betrayed to form a new party under the leadership of Madhav Kumar Nepal.
The KP.Oli led UML had recommended to the Speaker of the House of Representatives Agni Prasad Sapkota for action against 14 Lawmakers including Madhav Nepal, who backed Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba Government. Nepal, who broke the then ruling CPN-UML to form a new party under the name of CPN-Unified Socialist, which has now become the fourth largest party in the Parliament.
The UML lawmakers picketed the rostrum and chanted strong slogans against Speaker Agni Prasad Sapkota for not taking action against 14 lawmakers they had sacked shortly after the meeting began on Wednesday, according to party sources.
Earlier, UML Chief Whip Bishal Bhattarai had alleged Speaker Sapkota had acted as an accomplice to split the UML. He alleged that the UML had faced split after Speaker Sapkota did not take action against 14 lawmakers the UML.
Meanwhile, Home Minister Balkrishna Khand tabled Second Amendment Bill relating to Political Party in the third meeting of the Parliament on Wednesday despite obstruction by the main opposition. On Friday also the UML Lawmakers obstructed the Parliament proceedings, after which the Speaker Agni Sapkota ended the session and called the next Parliament session for Tuesday. Sapkota also called for an all party meeting for Monday to settle the dispute.