Nepal seeks representation in Constitutional Council, Sarala Yadav likely to be Deputy Speaker
KATHMANDU: The newly formed CPN (Unified Socialist) party led by Madhav Nepal has sought its representation in the Constitutional Council. The party claimed the post of Deputy Speaker soon after splitting from the CPN-UML. As Deputy Speaker is also a member of Constitutional Council, it is natural to claim the post of Deputy Speaker to balance the power, said central member Shree Prasad Sah. The post of Deputy Speaker has been lying vacant for the past two years. As there is a provision in the Constitution that the Speaker and Deputy Speaker cannot be appointed from the same party and same gender, it has been learnt that Nepal decided to claim the post of Deputy Speaker to represent his party in the Constitutional Council. Sarala Yadav is likely to get the chance if Unified Socialist gets the post of Deputy Speaker. She was elected as a lawmaker under the proportional representation electoral system from Nepal’s home district Rautahat. Leaders said that Yadav has more chances as she is also a Madhesi woman. Leaders have also discussed the possibility of Pushpa Kumari Karna Kayastha. But, Yadav has high chances as Nepal has already recommended her husband as a member of the National Planning Commission. Apart from Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, KP Sharma Oli and National Assembly Speaker Ganesh Timisina are the leaders from the main opposition CPN-UML in the Constitutional Council. Likewise, Agni Sapkota represents the CPN-Maoist Centre. As the first, second and third parties of the Parliament have representation in the Constitutional Council, the fourth largest party Unified Socialist has sought its representation to balance the power.