Nepali Congress leader Gagan Kumar Thapa has said the government needed support from all quarters to investigate the Darchula incident.

Talking to mediapersons here today, the lawmaker said it was the major responsibility of the government to protect people's lives and all the political parties should be united to respond to the incident.

The Parliament should provide the backup support for the government to bring out facts surrounding the incident, according to the lawmaker.

The government in the past was able to publish a revised political map of the country due to the unity seen among the parties in the Parliament and cooperation from all quarters and such support was again needed for investigation into the Darchula incident.

It may be noted that 33-year-old Jaya Singh Dhami of Darchula had gone missing in the Mahakali River a few days ago and soldiers of the Indian Seema Suraksha Bal have been accused of cutting off the tuin while Dhami was crossing the river on the tuin.

Stating that the decision of the incumbent government to dissolve the Land Issue Resolving Commission formed by the erstwhile government bypassing the Parliament discussions was indeed a positive step, the former minister was of the view that the government should move ahead by formulating minimum common programmes to address the issues of landless people.

On a different note, he stressed that the NC General Convention should be held within the deadline and as per the jurisdictions granted by the constitution and the law.

He said any unsettled disputes within the party should be presented in the central committee to resolve them in an effective manner. Those not summoning the CC meeting on time would have no excuse if the convention could not be held on time, he argued.

A version of this article appears in the print on August 5 2021, of The Himalayan Times.