Oli warns of stir if statute revisions were to be passed

Claims proposed revisions will weaken link between the Hills and the Tarai

Jan 23, 2017-CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli has warned that his party would take to the streets if the ruling parties got close to endorsing the constitution amendment bill in Parliament.

Oli said the second largest party would boycott parliamentary proceedings in such a situation as the proposed amendments “are detrimental to the country”. 

“The UML is committed to national interests,” said Oli, inaugurating a party gathering in Pokhara on Sunday. Ruling out any revision to the amendment bill, the UML chief reiterated that the bill should be withdrawn. He, however, clarified that the constitution could be amended if there were any problems during its implementation.

Oli charged that the amendment bill would weaken geographical interdependence between the Hills and the Tarai rather than lead the country on the path of prosperity. He warned of confrontation if the government tried to press ahead with the amendment bill in Parliament.

Stressing the need for elections, the UML chairman accused the government of conspiring to defer the polls “forever”. The Pushpa Kamal Dahal-led government did not want to go to the polls fearing that the UML would sweep the elections. He criticised the government for delaying the election-related bills.

Published: 23-01-2017 08:04

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