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Speakers Post Raises Turmoil in Ruling NCP in Nepal

Published Jan 15, 2020
Updated Feb 25, 2020

The ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) is facing a major challenge for identifying a speaker for the parliament given that the deputy speaker ShivamayaTumbahangphe is refusing to resign her post and insisting that she should be nominated as the speaker.

The Chief whip of ruling Dev Gurung has ruled out ShivamayaTumbahangphe as the candidate for speaker of House of Representatives citing constitutional provision that the deputy speaker cannot be nominated for the post of the speaker without resigning from his/her post.

He has demanded the resignation of Tumbahangphe so that she can be fielded as NCP candidate for the speaker of the lower house.

Tumbahangphe on the other hand is concerned that if she resigns the chances of her nomination as the Speaker are limited given the patriarchy system that is evident in the NCP despite the party espousing left ideals of equality.

“I won’t resign if the party is not ready to field me as House speaker,” she has indicated despite that fact that she was summoned to Baluwatar by the party’s chairmen-duo — KP Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal.

“She has a long background of fighting for women’s rights,” said women rights activist Sharmila Karki adding, “She is not giving up.”

“The sister [Tumbahangphe] joined politics in 1979 when I was secretary of Mechi Zonal Committee. It would be good if leaders don’t decide otherwise,” leader NCP Pradip Nepal wrote on his Facebook.

With tensions persisting within the party the speakers post is vacant thus creating a legislative crisis of sorts.

The rising concerns of the NCP are evident having lost some of the key seats in the recent bye elections.

There is thus a sense that the main opposition party the Nepali Congress is making a comeback and has been able to bag some key constituencies which had been the NCP bastion in the past.

Never the less the government and the ruling party should be more than satisfied with the outcome given that there has been any sign of mass resentment against the Party in the public as it was feared that delay in reorganization and reformation and the poor performance of the government may lead to loss of public confidence in the NCP to deliver on governance.