Govt has opportunity to withdraw amendment bill following SC verdict: Oli

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The main opposition CPN (UML) has said that the constitution amendment bill should not be forwarded in the House following the Supreme Court's order.

The Supreme Court on January 2 had said that an interim order is not required in relation to the writ petition filed against the constitution amendment bill that proposes to redraw provincial boundaries.

Chairman of CPN (UML) KP Sharma Oli has said that now is the right time for the government to withdraw the constitution amendment bill, claiming that SC's verdict was in his party's favor.

Speaking at an interaction program with journalists in the UML's party office on Thursday, Oli said, "The apex court has decided in our favor. This is a favorable time for the government to revoke the amendment proposal."

Oli stressed the need of announcing date of local polls by the government and added that UML had not obstructed all House business. However, he did not put clear views on whether the UML will obstruct Sunday's House session.

He further said that splitting province 5 is against the constitution and would also neglect the country's geography.

"There's no point in discussing this issue. This is not the proposal of Nepalis. Splitting province 5 would form two nationalities and would put the nation in peril, "Oli added.

He also termed dismissal of NRA CEO Sushil Gyawali from the post as unconstitutional.

"Gyawali was not supported by the government. The budget was not allocated for the post-quake reconstruction drive and staffs were also not provided. The quake victims are still bound to stay under the tents because of the incumbent government," he said.

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