News digest: Domestic politics and governance (September 30 – October 6, 2021)

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Governance

Over 55 bills are pending in Parliament due to obstructions held by UML. UML’s party leadership claimed that fresh elections should take place.

An ordinance related to administration of oath registered in the Parliament on July 18 lapsed on September 15 due to UML’s House obstruction. Since there is no law on oath taking, Deuba’s ability to induct ministers will be affected, hindering cabinet expansion.

Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Gyanendra Bahadur Karki presented the 58th Annual Report 2078 of the Auditor General amid parliament obstruction by UML.

Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Gyanendra Bahadur Karki presented four different bills to the Legislative Management Committee for clause-wise discussion.

A meeting of leaders of the ruling coalition in Baluwatar has reached a broad consensus on which party will take which ministry.

In the cabinet meeting held on October 5, the government has: decided to approve the first amendment directive 2078 on the operation and management of the employment permit system, made two appointments to Tribunals, and decided to approve the security features used in electronic passports.

UML

A meeting of the National Assembly was held at the Federal Parliament Building, New Baneshwor amid opposition from the main opposition party CPN (UML). Photo: RSS

UML boycotted an all-party meeting called by Sher Bahadur Deuba, pointing out that they will not attend any meeting where CPN (Unified Socialist), which the UML claims is ‘unconstitutionally formed’, is present.

UML’s statute congress was held from October 1-3 and the general convention is scheduled for November 18-22. A document on the party’s organisational structure and a statute amendment proposal was presented during the statute congress. The Standing Committee and Central Committee endorsed the documents.

During UML’s statute congress, it was proposed to remove the post of Deputy General Secretary. Currently, Ghanshyam Bhusal and Bishnu Poudel are the Deputy General Secretaries of  UML.

Nepali Congress

The Nepali Congress has assigned eight leaders to coordinate and support the Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) elections.

Nepali Congress announced that even if it loses the general convention representative, it will be able to run for the post other than the chairperson of the district working committee. This rule will apply to districts with two or more constituencies.

Nepali Congress is holding a city convention in Kathmandu. The convention will be held on Saturday in 10 out of 11 municipalities.

The voting process for the Nepali Congress Kathmandu Metropolitan City President and Executive Committee ended on October 3.

Nepali Congress on Sunday concluded the conventions in local units—rural municipalities, municipalities, sub-metropolitan cities and metropolitan cities—in 64 out of 77 districts. upcoming 14th general convention of the party scheduled to take place on November 25-29.

The Nepali Congress is preparing to hold district conventions in the Himalayan districts on October 30. Of the 21 Himalayan districts, the ward convention could not be held in Dolpa and Rasuwa due to active membership disputes.

JSP

The Janata Samajwadi Party (JSP) Madhes Pradesh Committee protested against the raid on the office of the Chief Minister and Council of Ministers of Province-2 by the team of the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority.

Corruption

The Supreme Court is scheduled to pronounce judgment on November 29 on whether to prosecute former Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and Baburam Bhattarai in the Lalita Niwas case in Baluwatar.

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