Nepali Congress undecided on supporting Karki impeachment

KATHMANDU: The largest force in the Parliament, Nepali Congress, has remained undecided on whether to support the impeachment motion filed against the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) Chief Lok Man Singh Karki.

The party held a Central Working Committee today, but did not make any concrete decision.

The meeting ended with a decision to continue discussions tomorrow, according to a press statement issued by the party central office's Chief Secretary Krishna Prasad Paudel.

Party President Sher Bahadur Deuba and CWC members Krishna Prasad Sitaula, Bimalendra Nidhi, Ram Sharan Mahat, Mahesh Acharya, Gagan Kumar Thapa, Kalyan Kumar Gurung, Ram Krishna Yadav and Bishwa Prakash Sharma had aired their views over various contemporary issues at the meeting, according to Paudel.

Deuba and Nidhi had briefed the meeting about latest political developments including the performance of government.

They had asked the CWC members to think over the impeachment motion critically and make an appropriate decision by the end of the meeting.

It has been learned that the other leaders had expressed dissatisfaction over the CPN Maoist Centre and the CPN-UML's move to file the motion without holding any consultation with the largest party.

Leaders including Gagan Kumar Thapa, also the Minister for Health, had put forth views that the impeachment motion was an opportunity to correct the past mistakes and hence the party should stand firm against Karki.

"We have told the meeting that," Thapa told the Rastriya Samachar Samiti after the meeting, "Standing on the side of truth, the Congress should not only support, but should lead it."

The Nepali Congress CWC meeting would continue at 11 am tomorrow.


(With inputs from the Rastriya Samachar Samiti)