No-confidence motion 'democratic in form, conspiratorial in essence', says PM Oli
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.
Recall to Man Mohan Adhikari
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.
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."
Series of questions
"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.
On peace process
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.