Statute amendment is Nepal’s internal affairs, says UML

Kathmandu, Aug 25:Main opposition CPN-UML Wednesday said that the issue pertaining to the statute amendment was the internal affairs of Nepal and it was highly objectionable to discuss the matter on the foreign soil.

Unveiling the decisions of party Standing Committee meeting at a press conference at its headquarters at Dhumbarahi, the UML had accused the government of being indulged in activities that indicated Nepalese could not do anything themselves. “It is working in a way that makes the Nepalese people lose their self-respect.”

The UML had said that the amendment to the statute was Nepal’s internal affairs and it largely depended on the necessity of the country as felt by the domestic political parties.

“We will come up with our official views on the statute amendment after examining the government’s proposal on it,” said the UML in a press statement issued by secretary Yogesh Bhattarai.

The UML demanded that Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda make public the letter he sent to Indian Prime Minister through his special envoy.

“The Nepalese people will themselves decide their future. We warn the government against any activity that hurts our dignity and values,” he said.

The opposition party accused the government of pushing the country towards uncertainty, instability and constitutional void.

“The government is moving not to hold the elections on various pretexts. Instead of holding the local polls in November-December as per action plan of earlier government, it is talking about conducting the elections in April but it has no intention to do so,” said the party.

It said that it was undiplomatic move to send special envoys to two neighbourly nations before giving a full shape to the government.

The UML has accused the

 government of reversing the policies, decisions and appointments made by the previous government.

It has lashed out at the ruling CPN-Maoist Centre, stating that it was rolling back the political direction of the country and was involved in fulfilling the vested interests of different forces.

General secretary Ishwor Pokharel said that the present coalition was formed with mal-intention.

He said that the UML was for deciding the number of local units as per the statute, and it supported the proposed 565 locals units recommended by the Local Body Restructuring Commission. 

Secretary Bhattarai said that the UML would keep vigil for nationality, dignity and integrity of the nation.

Party chair KP Sharma Oli did not attend the meeting, owing to his health. He is leaving for Thailand tomorrow for his health check-up.

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