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HoR endorses Nepal Citizenship (First Amendment) Bill without any revision

Radio Nepal 18 Aug, 2022 8:05 pm

Kathmandu: The House of Representatives endorsed the Nepal Citizenship (First Amendment) Bill-2022 returned by the president with a message for reconsideration.

The bill was endorsed by the House with the majority without any amendment.

In the voting of the House meeting on Thursday evening, 135 lawmakers supported the endorsement of the bill while 60 lawmakers voted against it.

The vote was held after the chief whip of the parliamentary party of the main opposition party CPN (UML), Bishal Bhattarai, demanded a division of votes in the House of Representatives on the Citizenship Bill.

It may be noted that the House of Representatives had passed the bill also with a majority on August 1 and submitted it to the President for certification. However, the bill was returned by the President on August 14 for reconsideration by the House of Representatives.

Earlier, responding to the questions raised by the lawmakers in the House meeting, Home Minister Bal Krishna Khand said the government forwarded the Citizenship Bill returned by the president without amendment as there was no chance to have immediate consensus on the bill among the political parties.

Home Minister Khand claimed that the bill was forwarded after several rounds of talks among top leadership. He also admitted that the parties had disagreements on the point raised in the message of the president.

Meanwhile, House of Representatives (HoR) members have expressed their concern over the pressing issue of waste management in the Kathmandu Valley.

They also sought the government’s prompt response to address the problem.

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