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Taskforce meeting ends inconclusively

2024 May 24, 5:37,

 A meeting of the taskforce formed to finalize the terms of reference of the parliamentary probe committee on the issues of cooperative's fund embezzlement ended without any conclusion on Thursday.

The next meeting of the committee is scheduled to take place at 8:30 am on Friday.

Chief whip of CPN (UML) parliamentary party Mahesh Bartaula said the meeting held at the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs could not reach a conclusion as opposition Nepali Congress (NC) was adamant on investigating the issues by stating the name of Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister, Rabi Lamichhane. "We are close to reaching a consensus on terms of reference of the committee. Final touch will be given after holding a meeting at 8:30 tomorrow morning," Bartaula said.

After the meeting, NC leader Jeevan Pariyar said that the proposal made by the ruling parties on advancing the probe without mentioning the name of Home Minister was not acceptable to the NC. "We have clearly communicated this," Pariyar added.

The Nepali Congress has been obstructing the meeting of both houses demanding formation of a parliamentary committee for conducting an impartial investigation, citing involvement of Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Rabi Lamichhane was found in cooperative fund embezzlement. An understanding was reached on May 18 between the ruling parties and the opposition NC to form the probe committee.

The committee is expected to finalize the ToR before the HoR meeting scheduled for 11:00 am on Friday.

Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Padam Giri, CPN (UML) Chief Whip Bartaula, NC leaders Gyanendra Bahadur Karki and Jeevan Pariyar and Shishir Khanal of the Rastriya Swatantra Party are in the taskforce.

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