President Bidya Devi Bhandari has declined to certify the Citizenship Bill, which was brought to her after being passed by both Houses of Parliament for the second time, as the 15-day deadline to do so expired on Tuesday at midnight.
Lal Babu Yadav, the president’s political advisor, informed that the president has refused to validate the Citizenship Bill in order to protect the Constitution. However, no notice has been issued by the president’s office.
After sending a bill back to the House for reconsideration once, the president is obligated by the Constitution to authenticate any bill that is resubmitted by the House, as claimed by experts.
However, Yadav claimed that because the president is designated as the Constitution’s protector in Article 61(4) of the Constitution, President Bhandari has defended the Constitution by refusing to authenticate the Citizenship Bill.
The Non-resident Nepali Association and the Madhesh-centric parties’ concerns were intended to be addressed by the second amendment to the Citizenship Act. The citizenship measure, however, sparked controversy because it did not prohibit foreign women from marrying Nepali males from easily obtaining citizenship.
Sheetal Niwas claims that because the nomination process for the provincial and House of Representatives elections for Mangsir 4 has begun, and the term of the federal parliament ended on the night of Asoj 1, the bill that has reached Sheetal Niwas for certification is also inactive, and Article 113 (4) of the Constitution is not subject to certification.