Dr Govinda KC postpones 9th fast-unto-death for a week

KATHMANDU: Claiming that he received some positive signs from the government about meeting his demand, Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital's veteran orthopaedic surgeon Dr Gonvinda KC postponed his plan to launch a fresh fast-unto-death for one week.

Earlier on September 10, he had served an eight-day ultimatum till Sunday and had warned that he would resort to the hunger strike today if the government failed to meet his demand that the four-point agreement signed in July be implemented.

But, organising a press conference at the TUTH this afternoon, KC announced that he postponed the hunger strike plan as the government had floated with him a plan to implement three points of the four-point agreement.

Informing that the fourth point was about an impeachment motion against the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority Chief Lok Man Singh Karki and CIAA Commissioner Raj Narayan Pathak, Dr KC said he would resort to the fast-unto-death if the procedure did not begin by 4:30 pm, coming Monday, September 26, for the same.

He had just ended the eighth fast-unto-death on July 25 after signing the four-point agreement with the government.

Dr Govinda KC’s fast-unto-death timeline.
Dr Govinda KC’s fast-unto-death timeline.

Putting forth major four demands, Dr KC on July 10 had begun his hunger strike at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital.

Among other demands related to reforms in Nepal’s medical education sector, Dr KC has been demanding that Karki and Pathak be impeached as they promoted corruption in the sector.

While breaking the fast in July, Dr KC had agreed to put off the demand as the matter was under the jurisprudence of the Parliament and a proposal seeking discussion on the issue had already entered the Parliament.

But, Dr KC raised the issue again on September 10 as the proposal of public importance about his allegations against Karki had not been discussed in the House yet.

Nepali Congress lawmaker Gagan Kumar Thapa, seconded by another NC lawmaker Dhanaraj Gurung and CPN Maoist Centre lawmaker Shyam Shrestha, had registered the proposal at the House demanding that the legislative body discuss accusations made by Dr KC.

The proposal, however, was reportedly dropped as Thapa was made the Minister for Health in the incumbent government and a minister could not file such a motion at the House.