Politics

Congress reacts to what it calls Oli’s indecent comments against opposition

- TIKA R PRADHAN, Kathmandu

Apr 16, 2019-

The Nepali Congress has taken exception to what it calls Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s frequent use of ‘indecent’ terminologies to attack opposition parties.

Organising a press meet on Monday, the main opposition said the government should understand history is made not by words but by deeds.

The party in its statement has an entire paragraph to explain what it calls “the prime minister lacks culture while expressing his views”.

“We have to remind the prime minister again that history is written by deeds and not by words,” states the release issued by the party. “Shouldn’t the prime minister’s statements be on par with his dignity of his position?” the statement, undersigned by party spokesperson Bishwo Prakash Sharma, reads.

The NC has pointed out that the prime minister had once appealed to all his cadres to “attack the opposition parties like wasps do.”

While addressing a function organised in memory of former CPN Maoist Centre leader Post Bahadur Bogati in September, the prime minister had made an appeal to all his party cadres to attack the opposition parties like wasps. He had also criticised them for not defending the government’s activities.

Then he went on to charge intellectuals on December first week.

On December 5, the prime minister, in his televised interview ‘Janata sanga Pradhanmantri’, had threatened the intellectuals for criticising the government, drawing widespread criticism from various quarters, including social media users, where many accused him of making remarks that were unbecoming of the office of the prime minister. The prime minister had threatened them for making “uncivilised and cheap comments” against him and his administration.

“If I respond to comments made by some intellects, they will be bedridden,” the prime minister had said in the interview. “Before going to the media, if they come to me for discussion and if I respond, there is a chance they will be bedridden, which I don’t want.”

During the end of the Nepali calendar—on Sunday—he used the term ‘nandi bhringi’ to the opposition parties—nandi in the Hindu mythology represents a bull of Lord Shiva while ‘Bhringi’ was an ancient sage (rishi), and a great devotee of Shiva. Jointly the two-word phrase gives a connotation for the people who worship power.

On the first day of the new Nepali Year on Sunday, Oli, who had been criticised for becoming intolerant against the opposition parties, made a harsh comment against them. “The day before yesterday, 13 different nandi-bhringis of different shape and size gathered and said they would begin a struggle,” the prime minister said during the public function.

The Congress has warned the prime minister that the nation will not be built by leading the country alone he should also take lead in promoting the culture as well.

“The Nepali Congress condemns such objectionable comments of the prime minister,” the statement reads.

Published: 16-04-2019 09:38

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