Bill to allow oath in Hindi to end language row in Nepal

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 - 00:34

Kathmandu: The government on Tuesday
introduced a landmark bill in the Nepal Parliament to enable
the President and Vice President to take oath of office and
secrecy in their mother tongues, a move likely to resolve the
row over the "unconstitutional" oath by Parmananda Jha.

The position of Jha is inactive after the Supreme
Court held his oath in the Hindi language "unconstitutional".
He had refused to retake the oath of office in the Nepali
language and had preferred to remain inactive in the post
after his earlier oath was held illegal.

The government tabled the Seventh Amendment Bill to
the interim constitution in the parliament that would make it
legal for the President and Vice President (VP) to take oath
of office and secrecy in their mother tongues.

"The government expresses firm commitment that the
endorsement of this Bill will clear the way to resolve the
problem related to VP Jha. The government will instantly
implement the amended provision to resolve the problem related
to Jha," Prem Bahadur Singh, the Minister for Law and Justice
told the 601-member House.

The government said once the amendment was endorsed
from the House, it would reactivate the post of VP Jha.

"Jha`s position is currently of an elected VP, who has
not been sworn in. So this Bill has been brought to the House
so that he could take oath in his mother language," Singh was
quoted as saying by The Himalayan Times online.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 - 00:34

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