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Dozen Nepal lawmakers hurt in clash over statute

Dozen Nepal lawmakers hurt in clash over statute
Over a dozen Constituent Assembly members in Nepal, including senior leaders, were injured on Tuesday when opposition members attacked lawmakers of the ruling parties over issues concerning the new statute and disrupted the proceedings.

Lawmakers from the opposition parties led by Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-Maoist) vandalised the Nepal Constituent Assembly and attacked the lawmakers from the ruling coalition during the sitting on Tuesday.  

A self-imposed deadline set for January 22 over the promulgation of the new constitution is approaching after repeated failure to reach a consensus over the intricacies of the new statute.

The ruling Nepali Congress and Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) wanted to go ahead with voting to bring out the draft of the new statute.

Constituent Assembly chairman Subash Chandra Nembang announced the house could go ahead with the voting to bring out the draft statute, which led to rampage in the assembly.

Nembang allowed former prime minister and UCPN-Maoist leader Baburam Bhattarai to address the assembly.

Bhattarai said the “assembly could turn into Mahabharata”, and that triggered a conflict.

As soon as he completed his address, Nembang tabled a proposal to allow the formation of a questionnaire committee to work over the disputed issues of the new statute before the voting.
The opposition parties rejected Nembang’s proposal.  

Bhattarai said: “Formation of the questionnaire panel will split the Constituent Assembly, paving the way for its demise.”


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