KATHMANDU, March 26 (Xinhua) -- Nepal's Parliamentary Special Committee on Security has on Wednesday endorsed a decision to mobilize Nepal army to safeguard the second Constituent Assembly polls on 19 November, last year, lawmakers said.
Even though the erstwhile government led by Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi under the consent of major political parties had decided to deploy army force to ensure free and fair CA polls, the decision was yet to be endorsed by the parliament. A total of 61, 000 army personnel had been deployed in the CA polls, last year.
The parliamentary endorsement on the Army mobilization was essential on the ground of Nepal's current interim constitution.
The article 145 of the constitution says that except in cases where the Nepal Army has been mobilized by reason of a natural calamity, any decision made by the government of Nepal and Council of Ministers, the decision to mobilize Army shall be presented to and approved by the special committee specified by the legislature- parliament no later than one month of the decision.
"The committee meeting held at Singhadurbar today approved the decision taken by the Khil Raj Regmi-led government," CA Chairman Subas Nembang told Xinhua.
According to him, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala had tabled a proposal to endorse the decision. Nembang who is also speaker of CA, top leaders of the major political parties and Chief of the Army Staff Gaurav Samsher Rana attended the meeting.
The Nepali parliament had formed the Special Committee on Security on 24 February under the chairmanship of Subas Nembang.