RJPN has not laid claims over the post of Speaker or Deputy-speaker: Laxman Lal Karna

Speaker Election

KATHMANDU, Jan 6: Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN) leader Laxman Lal Karna has said that his party has no claims over the position of either the Speaker or the Deputy-speaker.

Speaking at a face-to-face interaction program organized by the Reporters’ Club Nepal on Monday, leader Karna, however, said, his party will accept the position if they are offered one.

“Our party has no claim on the position of the Speaker or the Deputy. But if we are offered one, we are ready to take it,” he said.

He also denied the reports that the two-point agreement with the ruling party will affect the Province 2 government.

“The first point of the agreement has allocated seats while the second point states partnership between the two parties. The deal is for the upcoming National Assembly election,” he said.

The regional party and the ruling Nepal Communist Party shared a souring bond until the agreement after the RJPN withdrew its support given to the government in March last year saying the government failed to keep its promise of constitution amendment.

“The agreement with the ruling party has opened new doors for more understandings in the coming days. But, the deal does not mean we have claimed the positions of speaker and deputy speaker.”

When enquired about Jitendra Sonal who recently announced he would be next Chief Minister of Province 2, Karna said: “He is the minister and is capable of holding the post of CM. But we are not making changes in the provincial government anytime soon.”