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HoR regulations endorsed MPs with criminal charge not to be suspended

By Our Reporter
House of Representatives Regulations, 2075 BS was endorsed with majority votes in the Lower House of the Federal Parliament.
Chairman of the Regulations Drafting Committee Krishna Bhakta Pokharel had tabled the draft proposal of the House of Representatives Regulations in the House. The regulations were made to regulate and manage the operations of the House.
According to the new regulations, lawmakers arrested on criminal charges will not be suspended. However, the regulation was dragged into controversy due to the provision. The Nepali Congress and the two Madhes-based parties were against the provision of suspending the lawmakers charged with criminal charges.  The ruling CPN had to give up its stance to endorse the parliament.
Participating in the deliberations on the draft proposal, lawmakers Minendra Rijal, Nara Bahadur Budha, Purna Kumari Subedi, Durga Poudel and Yashoda Gurung Subedi had urged the parliament to endorse the regulations through consensus.
Altogether 15 lawmakers had registered six amendment proposals to the draft proposal.
The word ‘suspension’ will not be mentioned in the regulations, after the lawmakers who had tabled an amendment proposal to suspend the lawmakers withdrew their proposal, Pokharel stated.
The regulations state that lawmakers arrested on a criminal charge will remain a Member of Parliament but will face discontinuation of facilities and perks entitled to them.
However, Rastriya Janamorcha lawmaker Durga Paudel and Nepal Workers and Peasants Party lawmaker Prem Suwal voted in favour of the suspension of lawmakers arrested on criminal charge.

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