PM parleys with VP on oath row

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal today met Vice President Paramananda Jha in a bid to end the row over a controversial oath taken by the latter.

PM's press advisor Bishnu Rijal said that Prime Minister Nepal requested VP Jha to respect the Supreme Court's verdict.

"VP Jha was positive about PM's request," Rijal said.

Earlier, on Friday, PM Nepal had sent a letter to VP Jha requesting that he retake the oath in Nepali language as per the court's order.

PM Nepal also made a query on the bomb that went off Friday close to VP Jha's private residence in Gaurighat. Speaking briefly with the media persons PM Nepal said," We discussed about the law and order situation."

Likewise, PM Nepal today consulted legal experts Moti Kaji Sthapit, Radheshyam Adhikari and Lalit Bahadur Basnet.

According Basnet, PM wanted to know what course will follow should VP Jha not take oath in Nepali language within seven days.

According to Basnet, the prime minister also inquired on the letter sent by Jha to the cabinet yesterday.

PM Nepal also consulted with the lawyers about the possibility of using Article 51 of the interim constitution.

The article allows the cabinet to recommend the president to either grant amnesty, suspend, commute or remit any sentence passed by the court.

As per the Supreme Court's decision, VP Jha's position would be inactive form Sunday if he did not retake the oath. VP Jha is preparing to publicise his view tomorrow through a press conference.

Likewise, PM Nepal called a cabinet meeting this morning to discuss the oath row.

According to a minister, the cabinet would again request VP jha to retake the oath of office.

However, the Madhesi parties are vehemently opposed to this.