PM Oli addresses House, urges protesters to come to talks table

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Thursday addressed the House.

In his speech, he urged agitating parties to join the talks table to get their issues addressed.

He pledged that the government would address genuine demands of protesters, even through an amendment to the Constitution.

"I am serious and sensitive to plights faced by citizens due to the Tarai-Madhes tensions, strikes and bandhs," Oli said, claiming the protesters, however, have to accept the Constitution as it was drafted from elected representatives of people.

He was of the view that the charter has provided rights, respects and opportunities to all people.

The Prime Minister requested all concerned to help the government ease shortage of daily essentials including petroleum products.

The government has already taken diplomatic and political initiatives to solve the issue, he said.

Lawmakers congratulate new PM

Meanwhile, leaders of various political parties addressed the Parliament meeting to congratulate Oli.

NC Vice-President Ram Chandra Paudel, UML senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal, UCPN-Maoist lawmaker Agni Prasad Sapkota, Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Democratic leader Jitendra Dev, Rastriya Prajatantra Party leader Deepak Bohora, Nepal Workers and Peasants Party leader Prem Suwal, among others, congratulated Oli, while reminding him of current challenges of the nation.