Nepal Foreign Affairs (KATHMANDU, 22 August) – CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli on Tuesday said that the Parliament gave its verdict in favour of nationality by rejecting the amendment of the constitution.
The constitution amendment bill, aimed at addressing the demands of Madhes-based parties, was rejected by the Parliament on Monday, after the ruling alliance failed to ensure 395 votes in the 592-strong Parliament.
The main opposition Party, CPN-UML had been constantly making its position clear that the amendment proposal was not in favour of national interest.”The constitution amendment bill was against the national interest, national unity and national harmony” Oli said adding that the government was not serious to address the genuine demands of the Madhesi parties.
Addressing the Parliament Chairman Oli said that House voting on the amendment bill reflected the aspirations of Nepali people, and reached a conclusion in favour of national interests rather than calculating the number of votes in support and against.
”The parliament represented the dignity of the people, stood with the interest of Nepali people and I would like to express my sincere thank to the parliament” he said.
He said the healthy participation of all political parties and members of parliament in the constitution amendment process was an honour to democracy and thanked everyone for the same. He made it clear that the lawmakers didn’t vote in support of the bill for they didn’t like it.
The decision to take the amendment bill for floor test has set a new precedent in Nepali politics. “There was a situation when some of our lawmakers stayed out of the House, but the situation has changed,” he said. He said it was sad that the opposition party was blamed for failing the amendment bill.