Congress reveals reason behind PM, prez polls

  • Says differences with UML on Tarai, NRA issues prompted into races
- Post Report, Kathmandu

Nov 6, 2015-

The Nepali Congress has said serious differences with the ruling CPN-UML on the Tarai protests and formation of the National Reconstruction Authority were the reasons why it contested the prime ministerial and presidential elections. 

Defending the decisions as part of its effort to institutionalise the democracy, the party’s Central Working Committee meeting concluded on Thursday urging the party rank and file and its well wishers to keep a high moral and not to be influenced by rumours.

The party has also demanded an immediate endorsement of two bills registered in the Legislature-Parliament. The bills were tabled by the erstwhile Koirala government at Parliament proposing to ensure inclusive representation of the marginalised community and delineate election constituencies based on population while ensuring at least one constituency for each district regardless of the population. 

“The party will play effective role both in and outside the party to get these bills approved from the House” the NC said in a statement. 

In the meeting, Madhesi parliamentarians of the NC urged the party leadership to swiftly move forward the Amendment Bill registered at the Parliament Secretariat. They also submitted a memorandum at the party Central Working Committee meeting on Thursday.  

NC parliamentarian Ram Krishna Yadav called on the party leadership to press the government for endorsing the proposed amendments. “We will picket Parliament if the party fails to take such an initiative,” said Yadav.

Urging the government to hold serious talks with the Madhes-centric parties to find a political solution to the Tarai crisis, the NC appealed to the agitating Madhesi parties to find a solution so that the constitution may be prosperous.

On the reconstruction of the structures damaged by the April 25 earthquake, the NC has accused the Oli-led government of dilly delaying over introducing the Reconstruction Bill. It has demanded a swift approval of the bill to expedite the relief and reconstruction process. 

The party has also taken a swipe at the government for its inability to check inflation, arrange essential supplies, appointment of six deputy prime ministers, split of the ministries and misuse of power. 

On the issue of blockade, the NC has said India’s unofficial embargo has crippled daily life in the country, leaving education institutions, industries on the verge of shut down. 

The party has asked the government to take diplomatic initiatives to resolve the crisis.

Published: 06-11-2015 08:23

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