Senior Nepali Congress leaders stand up for Prez

KATHMANDU: Senior Nepali Congress leaders today ruled out parliamentary motion against President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav on his move to reinstate former army chief Rookmangud Katawal.

Congress stalwarts Sher Bahadur Deuba and Sushil Koirala today echoed this line of argument, saying that the parliamentary move against the President was highly unlikely and even if it happened at all, they would not accept it.

The duo also said they would also oppose any change in the interim constitution concerning the President’s role.

"Neither we'll accept any Sankalpa Prastav against the President's move, nor accept any change in the President's provision specified in the interim constitution," said Sushil Koirala, NC acting president, who was addressing a programme organised by Mahendra Narayan Nidhi Memorial Foundation, to mark International Non-violence Day and 140th Mahatma Gandhi Day.

NC senior leader Sher Bahadur Deuba said his party would reject any proposal that might come against President's dignity and respect. While saying this, he assured Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal of unflinching support. “I urge PM Nepal not to doubt NC support to the present government,” he said.

Deuba also expressed his optimism that the Unified CPN-Maoist would come to a consensus with the rest of the parties to end the present political stalemate.

"Prachanda's recent visit with the President is a positive signal towards that end," Deuba said.

Speaking on the occasion, Janardan Dwiwedi, general secretary, Indian National Congress urged all the Nepalese not to accept any system that goes against individual liberty.

Hinting at the unfolding situation in Nepal, he made a reference to Mahatma Gandhi and said non-violent struggle was the need of the hour to resolve the crisis in Nepal. “It's significant and contextual at the present situation of Nepal, to learn from Gandhi's philosophy and doctrine of non-violence,” he added.

Dwiwedi said that the politics of violence and intimidation would only weaken the country.

He also expressed India's desire to improve democracy and restore stability in Nepal.

On the same occasion, Indian ambassador to Nepal Rakesh Sood said that India would continue to support institutionalisation of Democracy and economic development in Nepal. CPN-UML general secretary Ishwor Pokharel commended the role of PM Nepal in Nepal's peace process and urged the Maoists to renounce the violence.