“Prime Minister should arbitrate between Speaker, opposition leader to end House stalemate”

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KATHMANDU: Former Speaker Daman Nath Dhungana said that Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba should mediate between Speaker Agni Prasad Sapkota and the leader of the main opposition party to resolve the prolonged House stalemate. 

“The House proceedings have not taken place smoothly for a long time. Many bills are under consideration. Therefore, the Prime Minister should arbitrate between the Speaker and the main opposition.”

Talking to Ratopati on Tuesday, Dhungana said that it is the first incident that the main opposition has been targeting the Speaker. 

He added that election could be another alternative if CPN-UML doesn't want to resolve issues through negotiation. According to him, UML must have been staging protests in the House in order to drag the country toward fresh polls as it had dissolved parliament twice. 

The main opposition CPN-UML has been obstructing proceedings of the House of Representatives (HoR) ever since its fresh session kicked off on Wednesday, last week.

The main opposition even boycotted the all-party meeting called by Speaker Sapkota on Monday. The meeting, therefore, ended inconclusively.

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