KATHMANDU — The main opposition party Nepali Congress on Monday obstructed the Parliament meeting for the third consecutive day, demanding immediate release of house rebuilding grant assistance to the quake victims in lump sum.
The biggest force in the parliament has decided to obstruct the parliament meeting unless the government expressed its commitment to release a grant of Rs 200,000 in a lump sum to each earthquake-hit family.
As soon as the meeting began today, NC lawmakers stood up from their respective seats in protest. Then, upon receiving time from the Speaker Onsari Gharti, NC lawmaker Ram Sharan Mahat said they were forced to obstruct the meeting as the government failed to address concerns of people.
After Mahat’s speech, the lawmakers again stood up from their seats, forcing the Speaker to postpone the meeting.
The party has sought the government’s commitment in parliament to release the grant assistance in lump sum, but the government has been insisting that the grant can’t be released as demanded by the opposition.
“We will continue our obstruction until he promises to release the house reconstruction grant in lump sum because we are not here just to listen to the prime minister’s speech,” NC leader Bimalendra Nidhi said after the meeting.
After NC lawmakers continued their obstruction, the speaker adjourned the House meeting for an hour at first and then for half an hour. But she deferred the parliament till 3:PM after NC lawmakers continued their protest.
PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team
KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.
PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.
Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.