Parliament continues discussion on impeachment motion

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Kathmandu : In the ongoing discussion on impeachment motion at the Legislature-Parliament meeting on Tuesday, Nepali Congress lawmaker Gagan Kumar Thapa said, “I have to support the impeachment motion against Chief of the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA), Lokman Singh Karki, as the issue was related to the prestige of Nepali people.

“The parliament must hold serious discussion on it. We’re ready to hold discussion on the conduct of CIAA Chief Karki. Nepali Congress obviously has the will power and strength for it,” he underscored, adding that time has come for all to be united to deal the complaints on Karki’s conduct. He was appointed to the post in a wrongful way.

Similarly, CPN-UML lawmaker Rabindra Adhikari said the impeachment motion against Karki was not blatant but in a planned manner.

The motion is not the issue relating to ruling coalition and change of the government but to the conduct of the CIAA Chief Karki, acted against official disciple. “Contempt of court and of parliament is the sheer mockery of rule of law and contempt of people’s supremacy,” he stressed.

RPP-Nepal lawmaker Kunti Kumari Shahi however said her party was studying the impeachment motion now, and it would take decision at appropriate time.

Casting doubt on whether the impeachment motion was brought in a bid to overshadow the issue of constitution amendment, Madhesi Janadhikar Forum Nepal (Loktantrik) lawmaker Jitendra Dev said his party was hurt as the motion was brought in a nontransparent way, albeit it may be good.

“The motion was brought constitutionally. My party will have its views on it publicly and in a constitutional way soon,” he said.

Supporting the motion, CPN (ML) General Secretary and lawmaker CP Mainali said the appointment of CIAA Chief Karki was against people’s mandate.

He also said democracy could be strengthened once all political parties came together while launching investigations against those misusing positions and giving the guilty the opportunity for clarification.

Nepal Workers and Peasants Party lawmaker Anuradha Thapa Magar said there were many rooms left for doubt as the impeachment motion was brought forcefully.

Nepali Congress lawmaker Ram Hari Khatiwada pledged to support the motion, saying Karki was appointed CIAA Chief in a mysterious way.

CPN (UML) lawmaker Yagyaraj Sunuwar said that it was necessary to pass the impeachment motion against Karki by more than two-third majority for the people’s supremacy and social justice.

Similarly, NC lawmaker Badri Prasad Pandey argued that the impeachment motion was registered against Karki, who was in controversy before his appointment to CIAA Chief, in a mysterious way.

He said, “CIAA is the place where clean person is appointed. It is necessary that political parties should be together in controlling corruption in political and social sectors. The proposer and supporter of the impeachment motion should know that it will be challenging to pass the impeachment motion without NC’s decision.”

Other parliamentarians—Mina Pun, Yogendra Ghising, Eknath Dhakal and Laxman Rajbanshi, also expressed their views.

The next House meeting has been scheduled for November 10.