HoR meeting adjourned for the day following protest over citizenship bill

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The meeting of the House of Representatives (HoR) was adjourned without transacting any business today after almost all the opposition parties immediately wanted special debate and response from Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal over his visit as well as ratification of
the citizenship bill by president Ram Chandra Poudel.

Speaker Devraj Ghimire, later had a notice issued stating that the House will meet at 11 am tomorrow.

As soon as the House assembled today, members from the opposition that included Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist, Rastriya Prajatantra Party, Rastriya Swatantra Party and the Nepal Majdoor Kisan Party rose on their feet shouting that the Prime Minister must come to the House and inform it about his Delhi visit and also the circumstances that led to approval of the controversial citizenship by the president just prior to Dahal’s departure.

Some of the members who were seen ready to rush to the well of the House were stopped by UML Chief K P Sharma Oli, but they continued obstructing the listed business.

Members wanted that the regular proceedings of the House must be adjourned and issue on Delhi visit and approval of the Citizenship taken up.

UML parliamentary party chief whip Padam Giri told media people outside that Dahal as PM had compromised on the integrity and interest of the nation, and he chose not to raise border dispute issues as he had been asked by the parties here collectively.