Agro Minister Parajuli calls it quits

  • ANNFSU affiliated students burn Parajuli's effigy
- Ekantipur Report, KATHMANDU
Agro Minister Parajuli calls it quits

Jul 2, 2015-

Minister for Agricultural Development Hari Prasad Parauli has resigned from his post on Thursday.

Minister Parajuli submitted the resignation letter to the prime minister through CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli, confirmed Oli's personal aide Indra Bhandari.

Agriculture Minister Parajuli, during his meet with Chairman Oli, said that he is resigning from the post as he has been facing intense criticism from all quarters regarding his behaviour during the Asar Pandra (National Paddy Day) celebrations on June 30.

"Questions have been raised against me in public quarters because of the misinformation dessiminated by the media. I felt I should not stay in the post anymore hence, I am resigning," read the resignation letter furnished by the minister.

Minister Parajuli faced intense criticisms from all sectors including his own party members after photos depicting his misbehaviour with female participants during the National Paddy Day celebrations splashed all over the media.

After the news went viral on social media, users have come down heavily on the indecent behaviour of the minister and asked for immediate action against him.

Meanwhile, the resignation letter has been forward to the Prime Minister's office.

Earlier on Wednesday, Chairman Oli had asked Minister Parajuli to step down from his post yesterday. Oli had asked, "Will you step down from your ministerial post or should the party move ahead with the process?"

Likewise, Minister Parajuli had met with Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Bamdev Gautam, who leads the party in the government. DPM Gautam had reportedly asked Minister Parajuli to step down from the post, drawing the attention of the minister towards the intense criticism against him in the house and social networking sites for his unruly behaviour.

ANNFSU affiliated students burn Parajuli's effigy

Meanwhile, the All Nepal National Free Students Union (ANNFSU), the sister organization of CPN-UML burnt effigies of Agriculture Minister Hari Prasad Parajuli in front of Saraswati campus in the capital this morning.

The members of the ANNFSU gathered on the occasion also called for the expulsion of the tainted Minister.

At the programme, ANNFSU educational department chief Sudesh Parajuli said the minister had tarnished the image of the party, and should be immediately withdrawn from the cabinet.

ANNFSU Secretariat member Yeshu Lama said it was very unfortunate that a minister from a party that had been running various programmes on violence against women mistreated women in a public event. "The attitude towards Nepali women is yet to change", Lama said


Published: 02-07-2015 09:25

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