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Paradoxes of parliamentarians when raising ethical questions: defense of conflicted proxies, criticism of other parties

The parliamentarians have been obstructing the law making by not allowing the parliament to run if the demand is not met by customizing the interpretation of ethics.
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The parliamentarians of the party represented in the parliament have been giving their own interpretations while raising questions about the controversial character and defending those close to them. Also on Friday, in the meeting of the House of Representatives, the parliamentarians came to the defense of the close ones and criticized the opponents regarding the disputed ministers of the government and the secretary general of the parliament who created dual citizenship and passport.

Paradoxes of parliamentarians when raising ethical questions: defense of conflicted proxies, criticism of other parties

The main opposition UML and RPP blocked the parliament by raising ethical questions about Physical Infrastructure and Transport Minister Prakash Jwala, Health and Population Minister Mohan Bahadur Basnet and Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister Sudan Kirati. Demanded resignation or dismissal of three ministers. However, they defended the issue of dual citizenship and passport of Parliament Secretary General Padma Prasad Pandey.

The MPs of the ruling party raised questions of ethics and demanded an investigation on General Secretary Pandey, who obtained a second citizenship by lowering his age by 6 years and also obtained a passport on the same basis, keeping silent about the controversial ministers. The parliamentarians have been obstructing the law making by adapting the interpretation of morality to their own and not allowing the parliament to run if the demand is not met, which was repeated on Friday as well.

Maoist MP Madhav Prasad Sapkota argued that Pandey's "three citizenships and two passports" should be raised. When the opposition raised the issue of good governance by disrupting the House demanding the resignation of the ministers, he asked to raise the issue of the citizenship and passport of the General Secretary of the Parliament. Add the dual citizenship and passport of the General Secretary of the Parliament to what you have raised. Our general secretary has three citizenships, two passports," he said.

The main opposition UML and opposition parties Rashtriya Swatantra Party, RPP and others did not speak about the citizenship and passport of the General Secretary of Parliament Pandey. UML came to Pandey's defense. UML whip Mahesh Bertaula objected to the fact that the ruling party MPs had put up the 'character assassination' of General Secretary Pandey in the House of Representatives meeting which was postponed due to the obstruction of UML and RPP. "By targeting one person, by targeting the general secretary of the assembly, by using personal insults in such a way, there will be a theme of character assassination, will it be accepted at the level of the parliamentarian or not?" said the whip Bertaula while defending the general secretary Pandey.

He defended Pandey, who has dual citizenship and passport, by arguing that the case of not being admitted to the judicial process was clear. Advocate Anil Acharya approached the Supreme Court with a writ on February 3 saying that Pandey cannot be appointed as Secretary General because he has dual citizenship and passport. The writ was filed by Registrar Bimal Paudel. When Acharya filed an application against the bench, the bench of Judge Hari Phuyal ordered the bench to approve Pandey's dual citizenship and passport petition without going through the process of judicial review.

It has been made public that Pandey reduced his age by 6 years and took citizenship in 2066. The UML, which came to Pandey's defense, was of the view that the disputed ministers should get up from their seats as soon as the Parliament session starts on Friday and demand time from the Speaker. MP Yogesh Bhattarai, who is also the secretary of UML, argued that the three ministers should resign on moral grounds.

Physical infrastructure and transport minister Jwala should resign on the basis of morals of the incident that killed two people at Balkumari in Lalitpur. "It is not morally acceptable to reinstate the minister after the Bal Kumari Incident Inquiry Commission 2080 says he is guilty," said Bhattarai.

Should the Home Minister Narayankaji Shrestha also take moral responsibility after the youths were killed by the police? He asked that question. On behalf of the party, Bhattarai raised the second question of ethics on Health and Population Minister Mohan Bahadur Basnet saying that as the then Minister of Communications, he went to the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority waving a flag to give a statement. It was not a matter of millions of millions. The Authority has taken a statement about the involvement of Health and Population Minister Mohan Bahadur Basnetji, who was then Minister of Communications in the multi-billion scam,'' he said.

Bhattarai raised another question of ethics on Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister Sudan Kirati. Stating that the meeting presided over by Minister Kirati, Bhattarai said that the meeting chaired by Minister Kirati decided to excavate and build a Buddhist stupa in the Ramgram area of ​​Nawalparasi, where Gautama Buddha's remains are buried, to a private company without competition for 99 years. He should have the moral responsibility.'' Referring to the question raised about the three ministers, he said, 'The prime minister should come to this parliament right now, right now, when this parliament is in session, and inform the parliament about what has happened to the three ministers.' story- break UML's chief whip Padam Giri also reiterated the demand for the resignation of the three ministers whose ethics had been raised by MP Bhattarai. Giri also accused the government of bringing ruling MPs to Parliament for defense when the opposition raised the issue of good governance. We cannot compromise on the issue of good governance in the country at any time. We continue to raise this demand," he said. RPP's Gyan Bahadur Shahi warned that the Parliament will not be allowed to function unless the prime minister, home minister or any minister comes and gives an answer from the rostrum as to why the culprits of the Bal Kumari incident were not prosecuted.

RSVP's Chanda Karki raised the issue of meter abuse victims. Stating that money was taken for children's education, health care, etc., and it was used in meter badges, she said that the government should not forget that. But the RSWP did not raise the question about the co-operative victims in the meeting on Friday. RSVP party president Ravi Lamichhane is involved in cooperative fraud.

Gitendrababu (GB) Rai Group, the owner of Galaxy Television, which opened cooperatives in major cities like Pokhara, Chitwan, Birgunj, Butwal, Nepalgunj and Kathmandu, has shown that the preliminary details have embezzled more than 7.6 billion rupees from about 49 thousand people.

It is seen in the government study report that Lamichhane also took a loan along with Rai, the owner of Galaxy Television. That is why RSVP has not raised many questions about cooperative fraud. While Pradeep Yadav of Jaspa raised the issue of co-operative fraud, he did not raise any questions about the meter abuse victims. He questioned the government as to why GB Rai and others involved in the co-operative fraud case were not arrested. He demanded that action should be taken against Small Payla Savings and Loan Cooperative Society Limited of Birgunj for running away with Rs 1.35 crore savings.

"All those involved in this case, including GB Rai, had to be brought to justice and the money of the savers had to be returned," he said. Congress's Rajendra Bagzai also demanded that action should be taken even if the parliamentarian involved in co-operative fraud or how powerful the person is.

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