KATHMANDU: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli said the no-confidence motion filed against him was democratic in form, but conspiratorial in essence.
Responding to the motion at the Parliament meeting today, Oli said the proposal was not natural and normal considering its time, condition and nature, though it appeared democratic in its form.
However, in essence, it was a “sudden attack” from the coalition partners themselves, he said, adding that it was “mysterious”.
Oli said the move had posed a risk that the nation may be pushed toward a new regression.
Recalling a no-confidence motion filed against the then Prime Minister Man Mohan Adhikari around 21 years ago, Oli argued that he was also being unseated for the works he did for people.
He said the effort to unseat him was a conspiracy plotted by other parties and he was made a victim just like Adhikari.
Arguing that the no-confidence vote was moved against him just to block efforts to implement the Constitution, he subtly warned that the nation would have to pay a high price for it.
Oli remembered that he had taken the reigns of the nation in a very difficult situation while the nation was reeling under the shortage of basic consumables and anti-Constitution protests were rife.
But the coalition partners began a “sudden attack” on continuity of the government, a beleaguered Oli lamented.
Hinting toward the CPN Maoist Centre, Oli said the coalition partners had “a different intention”, he conceded that the May 5 nine-point agreement did not work to make his government firm.
The outgoing Prime Minister, toward the end of his speech again, claimed that intention of the no-confidence motion was not limited to removing one from the PM’s position and electing the other to the post.
He said he had urged the coalition partners not to work against the government, which they were a part of, time and again, but in vain.
Oli repeatedly said the the Maoists themselves had kept significant ministries with themselves and they were equally responsible for performance of the government.
The CPN-UML Chairman accused CPN MC Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal of leaving a high-level political committee formed to oversee performance of the government passive and being involved in the government change game.
“Just two days before filing the no-confidence motion, I had talked with Dahal for two hours and discussed bringing some changes if necessary,” he narrated, “He had agreed to discuss the issue in the party and float a modality. But, he informed of withdrawal of the support over phone two days later.”
“Completely a different modality!” Oli exclaimed.
Later, Oli said he had tried to mend ties with Dahal and the Maoist party, but ultimately got failed.
“I sew your heart today on one side; but when you come tomorrow, you had the heart torn on the other side,” he joked and left all the lawmakers laughing for many seconds.
Oli further accused Dahal of practising “politics without morality” and “making the politics dirty”, reiterating that the latter was a part of the government and he could have corrected the performance if he had wanted.
Further many parties including the CPN MC publicised all these efforts as a bid to build national consensus, which in fact was not, he commented.
The outgoing PM said “gentle agreement” to hand over the power after the budget endorsement was just a rumour to influence the government decisions.
Oli maintained that he never had any desire to stay in power “anyhow” and he always wanted to leave the government upon failure to perform well.
He said he was compelled to form the coalition government incorporating fringe parties as the largest party in the House, Nepali Congress, was not ready to form a consensus government.
Oli, during his address, also listed some achievements of his government, including formation of the National Reconstruction Authority, grant agreement with last year’s earthquake survivors, concrete timeline to implement the Constitution, friendly ties with neighbouring nations.
In particular, Oli spent more than 10 minutes to claim that his government made some significant achievements in promoting international relationships with India and China based on national independence and sealing some trade agreements with China, thereby ending dependence on a single nation (India) for trade and commerce and turning the nation into ‘land-linked’ from ‘land-locked’.
He claimed that the government had achieved significant progress in promoting diplomatic relationship with friendly nations while keeping the national interests intact.
“I had said that I would make Nepal prosperous and it is possible,” he said, “We need to dream, I dreamed, and I showed dreams.”
“I have not said that I will make Nepal Singapore as someone says, have not showed the dream of Switzerland as someone might have done,” he said, “Was it my fault that I dreamed to make Nepal more beautiful and more prosperous?”
He challenged the new government to be formed under the NC-Maoist alliance to “perform” (well).
“Let me see for two to four months,” he said, “if you just deliver speeches or also deliver.”
“If it was an imbalanced policy,” he questioned, “What does your balanced policy look like?”
“What people have considered as major achievements are major failures in eyes of our friends,” he said, adding that the government was expediting formulation of as many as 138 laws to implement the Constitution.
“Where did the government make any error in all these efforts ? Do you have any ground behind your no-confidence motion?”
Oli posed similar rhetoric questions to proposers of the no-confidence motion, the Maoist party in particular, many times during his speech.
He also cast doubt over the role of main opposition, Nepali Congress, in plotting against the government.
Oli, later, put forth around a dozen questions to the NC-Maoist alliance what they would do about the development projects his government had introduced including Kathmandu-Nijgadh fast-track, Kyirong-Kathmandu-Pokhara-Lumbini raiway, ring roads in district headquarters of Tarai districts, road expansion in various parts of the nation and social security arrangements.
Meanwhile, Oli denied charges that he was against the peace process and claimed it was his party, CPN-UML, which strove hard to bring Nepali Congress and Maoists to a common platform to conclude the peace process.
He said some complications in the peace process were existing since the time the Maoists quit the armed war and he was not solely responsible for that.
Oli said the government should move ahead in the process by taking the international community including humanitarian organisations into confidence; otherwise the nation would fall into more serious problems in the future.
Meanwhile, Oli, toward the end of his speech, denied claims of the opposition, informing that he did not have any intention to prolong his stay in the power; instead charged the NC-Maoist alliance of being power-hungry.
He also ruled out that he would dissolve the Parliament.
Later, he announced that he had already tendered the resignation to President Bidya Devi Bhandari before coming to the House for the address.
He also informed that the last Cabinet meeting had recommended the President to remove constitutional difficulties in accordance with Article 305 of the Constitution to pave way toward the government formation.
During his nearly two-hour speech, Oli had frequently switched between his written speech and impromptu oration.
Earlier, on Friday, Maoist leader Dahal had tabled the motion for discussion at the House, attacking Oli’s modus operandi in the government.
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