HoR meet put off due to obstruction by NC lawmakers

Kathmandu, June 18: Today's meeting of the House of Representatives (HoR) has been put off due to obstruction of Nepali Congress.

NC lawmakers stood from their respective seats as a gesture of protest soon after Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara announced the commencement of the meeting.

Nepali Congress lawmakers picket the rostrum at the House of Representatives on Jan 18, 2019, demanding that the main opposition be given time to speak before the Prime Minister, which led to the postponement of the House meeting.

The NC said that it was compelled to protest after Speaker Mahara did not allocate time to them as the leaders of opposition party had to be allotted time to put forth their views on contemporary issues.

Speaker Mahara, at the time when NC lawmakers were protesting after standing at their respective seats, said that he would give time to them later as the Prime Minister wanted to make statement on the issues of public importance.

The NC lawmakers assembled and chanted slogans before the rostrum, saying parliamentary discipline should be maintained and time given to the lawmakers of the opposition party to speak first.

Though Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli reached the rostrum to give statement on public importance, he could not make the statement due to the protest by the main opposition party lawmakers.

Speaker Mahara announced the postponement of the meeting till 11:00 am on Wednesday in between the protest of NC lawmakers. An agenda was set to deliver speech on the issue of public importance in today's HoR meeting.

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