Kathmandu, Nepal, January 14, 2020: The pressure exerted by the ruling head Nepal Communist Party (NCP) to resign to the deputy speaker Dr Shibamaya Tumbahamphe from the post has sparked controversies not only in the party but also other sections of the society.
A meeting of women’s rights activists held in Kathmandu on Monday has urged deputy speaker Shiva Maya Tumbahangphe not to resign from her post.
The meeting of the woman’s right activists has made the urge in the mean time when many leaders of the ruling head NCP including the president Bidya Devi Bhandari has been seconding the position taken by the Deputy Speaker Tumbahamphe not to resign from the post.
The meeting organized by the Inter-generational Women’s Rights Group has also urged the leaders of the ruling political party to elect Tumbahangphe as speaker recognizing her political career and performance as deputy speaker of the House of Representatives.
Terming the situation as difficult and important, the meeting has also urged the civil society leaders, intellectuals, political analysts and media to speak up for justice and equality. During the meeting, more than 70 women’s rights activists, human rights activists, journalists and lawyers were participated.
A secretariat meeting of the NCP had decided to direct Tumbahangphe to step down as deputy speaker to pave the way for electing a new speaker from the party. Constitutional provisions bar a single political party from having the posts of both speaker and deputy speaker of the lower house.
However, she has been denying resigning stating that she would not resign from the post of Deputy-Speaker until NCP requests her for carrying out election after finalizing the candidate for the post of Speaker.
Referring to the constitutional provision that speaker’s post cannot be vacant; she has stated that she would not tender her resignation from the post of deputy speaker until the party finalizes the name of candidate.
The NCP had sent a request letter at the Parliament Secretariat on Sunday requesting Tumbahangphe to resign. However, she has mentioned that she would not follow the directive of any political party but the constitutional provision.
Since I have left even the general membership of the party after election to the post of deputy speaker, there is no necessary to follow the directive of the party, Tumbahangphe has said. I have the obligation to give leadership to the House of Representatives in an independent manner, she said.
The leaders of the former Maoists including NCP chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal have been demanding the post of speaker for themselves as ousted Krishna Bahadur Mahara was belonged to their faction.
However, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has been forwarding the name of Subas Nemabang citing the ground of experienced.