RPP-Nepal obstructs House over HM’s remarks

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Oct 31, 2014-

Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal lawmakers obstructed Friday’s Parliament sitting to protest the arrest of Shreenivas Acharya, a Hindu state activist.

Speaker Subas Nembang put off the session until Sunday after an altercation erupted in the House when Home Minister Bam Dev Gautam, also a CPN-UML lawmaker, told the Assembly that Acharya and his supporters hurled axes and tridents at police like “Lord Shiva” when the latter approached to clear them out of Shantibatika in Ratnapark, where they had been staging hunger strike demanding that Nepal be declared a Hindu nation.

Gautam’s remarks angered the RPP-Nepal lawmakers, who accused him of hurting religious sentiments. RPP-Nepal Parliamentary Party leader Kamal Thapa blamed the ruling party lawmakers and Home Minister Gautam for the House obstruction.

“We were upbeat after speaking to Prime Minister. But the ruling party lawmakers used foul language and home minister was joking about gods. Is god an issue to be joked about?” said Thapa.

RPP-N had demanded a government explanation on Acharya’s arrest. The party lawmakers, however, lost their temper after hearing Home Minister Gautam’s statement Home Minister Gautam said that the RPP-N has demanded apology from him for hurting religious sentiment. “They, however, had no specific issue to which they wanted an apology. They instead threatened to continue obstructing the House,” said Gautam.

On Tuesday, police had driven away the protesters from Shanti Batika who were staging hunger strikes, pressing various demands. The eviction was instigated at the behest of Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) in order to keep Ratnapark area free of protest and disturbance in view of the upcoming Saarc Summit.

According to Home Minister Gautam, KMC had repeatedly urged the protesters to vacate the area before it decided to call police for help. Besides the Hindu group, representatives of Temporary Teachers Struggle Committee and Former Police and Army Struggle Committee were also staging protest at Shanti Batika.

Published: 01-11-2014 09:03

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