According to the Supreme Court’s decision, the Federal Parliament’s session will begin on Sunday.
On the recommendation of the government, President Bidya Devi Bhandari has scheduled a parliamentary session for 4 p.m. tomorrow at the parliament building in New Baneshwor.
Speaker Agni Prasad Sapkota emphasized the importance of political party unity in light of the reinstated parliament’s historical and multidimensional significance.
The first parliamentary session following the reinstatement of the House of Representatives, with the country’s changed political scenario, has been closely watched by the national and international community.
The vote of confidence, which Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba will present in the session, will determine the future course of politics.
‘We will fulfill our role responsibly’
When the risk of Covid-19 was present, it was stated that all preparations for the session’s operation were in place, with the adoption of recommended health protocols.
The session could be a great opportunity for political parties to make the House more vibrant and accountable to the people by promoting a culture of cooperation and consensus in order to increase people’s trust in the parliament and political parties in a changing political environment.
Speaker Sapkota stated, “The House of Representatives is a venue for spreading the message about the strength of greater national unity, and I believe that sending this message is also the most pressing need of the hour.” As a result, I am committed and honest to putting forth my best efforts to collaborate with political parties in this regard.”
Domestic politics has taken a new turn with the Supreme Court’s July 12 decision on the writs filed against the May 22 dissolution of the House of Representatives. The House of Representatives has been reinstated, and a government has been formed under the leadership of Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba, in accordance with the July 12 decision. Political parties have interpreted the Supreme Court decision differently, linking it to democratic practices, norms, values, and power separations.
Subas Nembang, deputy leader of the UML Parliamentary Party, stated, “Several aspects of the court decision are incorrect.” That is not acceptable to us. The government is formed by a court order rather than by a vote in parliament or a mandate from the people. Even though we do not agree with the court order, the UML is bound by it, and we have begun to do so.”
He reaffirmed that the UML will play the role and responsibility of the main opposition party constructively.
The UML has 121 lawmakers in parliament, the Nepali Congress has 63, the CPN (Maoist Center) has 49, and the Janata Samajwadi Party Nepal has 34. The Nepal Workers and Peasants Party, Rastriya Janamorcha, and Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) each have one legislator, and Chhakka Bahadur Lama is an independent.
“Leave aside the fact that the government has not gained maturity from the parliament, even the Council of Ministers is not complete at this point in time, and the situation is such that even topics of public interest can be raised and addressed,” said Laxman Lal Karna, leader of the Janata Samajwadi Party.
Thirty-seven bills are being debated in the House of Representatives, while 19 are being debated in the National Assembly.
The respected Supreme Court, according to CPN (Maoist Center) leader Giriraj Mani Pokharel, has reinstated the House of Representatives, the people’s elected body, which was dissolved twice due to the wrong intention. He hoped that this institution would naturally work in the interests of the people and the country.
He suggested that the government do its homework and present the necessary business to the parliament. “Because it is the summer session, the budget must also be brought by this session,” he added.
We will work by uniting all: Govt. Spokesperson Karki
Since the Supreme Court’s historic decision to reinstate the House of Representatives, Minister for Law, Justice, and Parliamentary Affairs Gyanendra Bahadur Karki has stated that the government will move forward with cooperation and coordination to fulfill the people’s aspirations through the parliament.
He stated that the government’s priority is to maintain law and order, manage health supplies for COVID-19 prevention and control, ensure universal vaccination, and revitalize the COVID-19-affected economy. Minister Karki stated that the government will receive Parliamentary support to carry out these critical tasks.