News digest: Domestic Politics and Governance (September 23 to 29, 2021)


The President authenticated the Appropriation Bill-2021 on September 23, ending the budget holiday’s eighth day. A National Assembly meeting that took place earlier that day had, by majority votes, endorsed the bill.

The President repealed the Ordinance on Political Parties (Second Amendment)-2078. The ordinance had eased party splits in CPN-UML and Janata Samajbadi Party.

The Supreme Court refused to issue an interim order on writ petitions against the ordinance to amend the Political Parties Act, 2017.

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba convened an all-party meeting on September 30 to try to end the ongoing obstruction in the federal parliament, but CPN-UML stated it would not attend the meeting.

Sher Bahadur Deuba and Prakash Man Singh competed in the election of the Congress parliamentary party leader. Krishna Prasad Sitaula faction made an “unofficial” decision to support Singh. MP Bhimsen Das Pradhan voted for Deuba.

UML has prepared for the first Legislative General Convention to be held from 15 to 17 September.

Leaders including Chairman KP Sharma Oli participating in a large gathering organized by the Upatyaka Special Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of Nepal (UML). Photo: RSS

The CPN-UML has finalized the names of 21 delegates to participate in the Legislative General Convention. A meeting of the Kathmandu District Committee on Wednesday decided on the names of 20 people, including a woman, and a Dalit representative from the constituency.

The CPN (Unified Socialist) Party led by Madhav Kumar Nepal has nominated MPs Virodh Khatiwada, Metmani Chaudhary, Ram Kumari Jhankri, Prem Ale, Jeevan Ram Shrestha and Bhavani Khapung as ministers in the government.

In a central committee meeting of  CPN-UML which took place on September 24, party members demanded that the July 10-point agreement, which highlights party unity, be fully implemented. The statute convention for the party is scheduled for next month.

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