Nepali Congress up in arms

KATHMANDU: The Nepali Congress is determined to ‘raise a storm in the Parliament and in the streets’ if the government does not roll back its decision to scrap two hospitals named after Girija Prasad Koirala and Sushil Koirala.

“We have come to know that the ministry has begun the process of scrapping the two hospitals,” said senior NC leader Ramchandra Paudel at a hastily convened press conference here on Monday.

“We urge the government to roll back its decision or face decisive protest both inside the Parliament and on the streets.” He said they tried to talk to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, but his personal assistant said he would be available only on Tuesday. “We’ll wait for the PM’s response till Tuesday and plan our next move,” said Paudel, adding that the government also left the two hospitals in a shambles by scrapping their management committees.

Paudel said the message the government was trying to disseminate by scrapping two operational hospitals named after the late NC leaders who had made immense contribution to the country was loud and clear and the main opposition party would give a befitting reply.