Naya Shakti can deliver blow on all parties except UML: PM Oli

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has remarked that the Naya Shakti Nepal was capable of delivering a blow on all political parties except his own CPN-UML.

Speaking as a guest in the inaugural function of the Baburam Bhattarai-led party in Dasharath Stadium on Sunday, Prime Minister Oli, who is also the chairman of ruling CPN-UML, expressed his well wishes to the Naya Shakti Nepal.

He said the party could establish itself as a major political force. "Naya Shakti can strike all parties except CPN-UML," he then added on a lighter note.

Though Nepal does not need any new political party as there are dozens, Oli said establishment of any new party, however, could be taken as something good if it could carry out development works for prosperity of the nation.

Oli wished that the Bhattarai-led party could play a positive role for the nation and people.

In response to Oli's remark, Bhattarai, who had addressed the function after the Prime Minister, said the Naya Shakti would not snatch away share of any political party.

"We will lead the nation on the basis of our agendas," he said, "No one can stop us."

PM defends Constitution

During his speech, Oli defended the Constitution promulgated last year, saying it has ensured all rights of people and the government now was headed toward economic prosperity.

"There is no reason that Nepal should not be developed," he said, adding the government was committed to launch a development campaign with the new budget announcement for the next fiscal.

"Nepal cannot be poor all the time," he said, "We should not let it be so."

Oli reiterated that the government was ready to address all genuine concerns of protesting parties through talks.

"I have called (the protesting parties) for the talks," he said, "I have expressed the commitment to solve all the problems through talks."

The Prime Minister was of the view that everyone should move ahead seeking commonness among people, than highlighting differences.

"We are all Nepalis. We all should be granted with rights and should enjoy development benefits."