Nepali Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s trip to Delhi, which he described as “extremely successful”, appears to have united opposition parties who together accuse him of “selling out” to India.

The House of Representatives was adjourned for Sunday to meet on Monday as the opposition consisting of CPN-UML, Rashtriya Prajatantra Party, Rashtriya Swatantra Party and Nepali Mazdoor Kisan Party asked the Speaker to stop the listed acts. He summoned the Prime Minister to address their grievances.

As the members refused to back down, Speaker Devraj Ghimire decided to meet the next day.

Meanwhile, a single panel of the Supreme Court including Justice Manoj Kumar Sharma has issued a temporary stay on the implementation of the Citizenship Bill which was approved by President Ram Chandra Paudel just two hours before Dahal begins his official visit to Delhi.

UML chief whip Padam Giri told reporters that PM Dahal had gone beyond brevity and at the expense of national interest because he had refused to take up the issue of the border dispute with India, and a mural on the wall of the new (Indian) Parliament. A building purportedly showing Lumbini and Kapilvastu as part of Akhand Bharat.

It is believed that the approval of the bill has addressed the desire expressed by Delhi about five years ago on the issue of granting citizenship to people in the Tarai, which borders India.

Legal opinions were divided on the status of the draft law, as some experts said that it died with the demise of the previous parliament from where it originated, and the president did not have the authority to place his approval now on his predecessor, the head of state. First refused approval, then sat on it when Parliament sent it back.


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