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Playing truant



MIN RATNA BAJRACHARYA
The interim constitution clearly states that if any CA member is absent from 10 consecutive meetings without giving notice to the assembly, he or she will be expelled. To date, a total of 57 CA meetings have taken place. Despite constant reminders from the CA Chairman Subash Nembang, most senior politicians are guilty of having neglected the parliamentary duties for which they were elected. Attendance is negligible on the part of most:

CA member Number of days present
Girija Prasad Koirala (NC) 0
(Though he attended three meetings,
Koirala did not sign the attendance book)
0
Pushpa Kamal Dahal (CPN-Maoist) 4
Madhav Kumar Nepal (UML) 3
Jhala Nath Khanal (UML) 13
Sher Bahadur Deuba (NC) 2
Bijay Kumar Gachhadar (MJF-Democratic) 12
Mahant Thakur (TMLP) 15
Upendra Yadav (MJF) 12
Rajendra Mahato (Sadbhawana) 10
Baburam Bhattarai (CPN-Maoist) 9
Ram Bahadur Thapa (CPN-Maoist) 7

Apart from these leaders, a dozen more CA members risk being expelled from the assembly. Constitutionally speaking, they already have been.



LATEST ISSUE
638
(11 JAN 2013 - 17 JAN 2013)


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