Nepal House session obstructed, postponed for Sunday

May 6th, 2009 - 6:29 pm ICT by ANI  

Kathmandu, May 6 (ANI): The Nepal Legislature Parliament session of the House was put off for the second consecutive day on Wednesday after the Unified CPN (Maoist) lawmakers chanted slogans against President Ram Baran Yadav’s move.

The proceedings of the legislature parliament was postponed for Sunday.

Dubbing the President’s order to reinstate the ’sacked’ Chief of Army Staff General Rookmangud Katawal, as unconstitutional, Maoist lawmakers obstructed the House session yesterday as well.

They warned that they would continue to obstruct House business until President Yadav corrects his decision and General Katawal gets sacked.

Meanwhile, two Maoist activists were injured as police resorted to a baton charge and fired tear gas shells during a protests rally.

Maoist supporters pelted stones at the police near the Ghantaghar area when the latter tried to disperse the crowd protesting against President Yadav’s move.

However, the Chairman of the Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum, Upendra Yadav, called for a consensus and cooperation among all political parties while forming the new government to give a way out of the current turmoil.

Talking to mediapersons here, Yadav said his party would make efforts to build a consensus among the parties, adding that his party will support whoever can gather the majority to form the government.

Earlier, in his first political meeting after his resignation, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ held discussions with CPN (UML) leader Jhala Nath Khanal.

During an hour-long meeting here, the duo discussed improving relations between the two parties, formation of the new government and the Constitution making process.

Meanwhile, senior Maoist leader Dr Baburam Bhattarai said the party will ask President Yadav for his resignation if he doesn’t rectify his “unconstitutional” move and uphold civilian supremacy by sacking the Army chief.

“If he doesn’t correct his move then his fate will be similar to former king Gyanendra,” Nepalnews quoted him, as saying

He also claimed that there is less possibility of the new government being formed anytime soon because the Maoists have already intensified their street protest and struggle in the parliament against the President’s move. (ANI)

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