Minister hopes Oli will survive no-confidence test

KATHMANDU: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Ananda Prasad Pokharel expressed his hope that the no-confidence motion tabled by Nepali Congress and CPN Maoist Centre would fail to topple government.

Speaking with journalists in the Capital today, also the CPN-UML leader Pokharel expressed his hope that the more lawmakers would vote against the motion – that is, for the incumbent government – when the motion would be put to vote next week.

Meanwhile, Pokharel accused the NC and CPN MC of trying to unseat Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli under the instruction of some foreign forces.

"Some friends are dancing here with a script written by someone else in a dark room," Pokharel said, "But, nothing will happen."

"The no-confidence motion will fail and the current government will continue," the confident minister said.

Claiming that the Oli government was working for long-term welfare of Nepali people, he said the two parties resorted to the no-trust motion as they feared growing popularity of the UML.

"It is very serious that the government is being removed for working in favour of the nation and nationality," he warned, "Citizens will evaluate it."