A conference of all political parties held by Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba was boycotted by the CPN-UML, the biggest opposition party.
The all-party meeting began earlier this morning at Baluwatar and will continue throughout the day.
A leader of the UML confirmed to the Post that the party will not be attending the meeting because delegates from the CPN (Unified Socialist Party) will also be present, as well.
A UML leader who did not want to be identified stated, “It’s only a continuation of our existing attitude, which is that we would not attend any meeting where leaders of the illegally and unconstitutionally created CPN (Unified Socialist) are present.” Our objections and concerns continue unabated, and the prime minister and the government are unconcerned about them.”
The CPN (Unified Sociliast) was established on August 26 following the decision of the Madhav Nepal faction to separate from the UML. Following the expulsion of 14 legislators, including one from Nepal, the UML delivered a notification to the Parliament Secretariat informing them of their decision on August 1.
The United Muslim League (UML) took exception to Speaker Agni Sapkota’s failure to issue a notice of its decision to remove the legislators and resorted to disrupting the House of Representatives.
On September 13, the UML had also skipped an all-party conference held by Speaker Sapkota, which was also boycotted by the BJP.
Prime Minister Deuba has agreed to convene an all-party meeting on Thursday in an attempt to find a solution to the UML’s persistent obstruction of the House of Representatives. A House of Representatives meeting has been scheduled for later in the day on Thursday.
“The main agenda item for today’s all-party meeting is the obstruction of Parliament, but the prime minister also wants to discuss other contemporary political issues,” said Bhanu Deuba, Prime Minister Deuba’s principal personal secretary.
The UML, on the other hand, has accused the prime minister of failing to pay attention to the concerns of the main opposition. UML claims the Deuba government issued an ordinance to modify the Political Parties Act in order to break the party, which they believe is a ruse. The ordinance played a role in the division of the UML. The ordinance was cancelled by the Deuba government on September 27, despite the fact that it had been registered in the Parliament on September 8.
In his statement, the UML leader stated that if the prime minister was truly worried about the main opposition’s concerns, he should have undertaken “direct” meetings with their party.
Deuba’s all-party meeting has been convened at a time when there are discussions over whether or not to prorogue the House of Representatives.
Deuba, who has been striving to enlarge his Cabinet, may run into difficulties in selecting new ministers if there is no law on oaths in place. Earlier this month, the former KP Sharma Oli administration submitted an ordinance on oath that was filed in the Parliament on July 18. However, it expired on September 15 after failing to pass through the House of Representatives within 60 days of the date it was registered.
A statute for oath-taking will be necessary before Deuba’s ministerial nominations can have any significance, because according to the constitution, ministers cannot assume office unless they have taken the oath. Foreign Minister Narayan Khadka’s oath of office, which was taken on September 22 and was challenged in the Supreme Court, on the grounds that it was delivered without a legal foundation.
The only method for Deuba to increase the size of his cabinet at this point is to introduce a law on oaths in the Parliament. However, it takes at least a month for a bill to become law in the United States. An alternative is to issue an ordinance on oaths, which would need the prorogation of the House of Representatives.
Upon being asked if the administration intends to prorogue the House, Bhanu Deuba, the prime minister’s adviser, responded that it would depend on how the all-party meeting went that day.