Resham Chaudhary takes oath as lawmaker
Kathmandu, Jan 3 : The elected member of the House of Representatives, the lower house of the Federal Parliament, Resham Chaudhary, took the oath of the post of MP today.
Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara administered the oath of MP to Chaudhary amid a programme held at Singha Durbar. Chaudhary was elected to the House of Representatives from constituency 1 of Kailali district on the Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN) ticket in the parliamentary elections held last year.
After the swearing-in, Speaker Mahara welcomed Chaudhary by garlanding him. Secretary-General of the Parliament Secretariat, Manohar Prasad Bhattarai, handed the parliament logo to Chaudhary. Talking to media persons on the occasion, lawmaker Chaudhary said the government should conduct a fair investigation into the Tikapur incident so as to resolve it through the legal process at the earliest.
Chaudhary said he got victory after participating in the election as per the law of the land, describing the Tikapur incident as a political incident. He demanded to release the people jailed in connection to the Tikapur incident. Chaudhary also extended tribute to security personnel and agitators losing their lives in the incident.
He said, “The state will speak whether or not a parliamentarian wearing the logo of lawmaker can be sent to jail. As per the law, no one can be kept in jail more than three years for investigation. We are in jail from three and half years. The judiciary should give justice to us. Those jailed in connection with Tikapur incident should be released. Prosperity cannot be possible without peace.” Present at the swearing-in ceremony were Deputy Speaker of House Dr Shiba Maya Tumbahamfe, Nepal Communist Party (NCP) parliamentary party’s deputy leader Subashchandra Nembang, NCP’s Chief Whip Dev Prasad Gurung among others.
Similarly, in attendance at the event from RaJaPa party were RaJaPa’s presidium Coordinator Rajendra Mahato, former coordinator Mahanta Thakur and members as Sharad Singh Bhandari, Raj Kishore Yadav, Anil Kumar Jha andMahendra Raya Yadav among others. Lawmaker Chaudhary’s spouse and a son as well as his kith and kins were also present who shared their joy over this turn of the event.
Chaudhary was taken to the parliament from the Central Jail at Dilli Bazar amid a tight security and was returned to jail after swearing-in ceremony was over.
Chaudhary who was absconding following the Tikapur incident had surrendered himself seven days before the members of House of Representatives had their swearing-in. He was sentenced in the jail since then.