Statute cannot be amended to pacify foreigners: UML Chair Oli

Kathmandu, September 19

Former prime minister and CPN-UML Chair KP Sharma Oli said that the constitution cannot be amended to appease foreigners.

Speaking at a special function organised by his party on the occasion of Constitution Day in Basantapur today, Oli said that the constitution can be amended only for the prosperity and betterment of the country.

“It cannot be amended in the interest of foreigners,” said Chairman Oli.

He claimed that political parties in the government were not serious about amendment of the constitution.

“The ruling parties do not dare to purpose to the CPN-UML for amendment of the constitution as they signed the three- point agreement in a dark corner, which is not acceptable to us,” Oli said, adding that the constitution cannot be amended at the whim of leaders.

He said that his party would foil all attempts that would be made to fail this constitution. He said that the constitution was a progressive document and it was the right of every citizen to abide by the constitution. He also said that only people at respective places had the right to decide about the boundary of local bodies and provinces.

He alleged that some Madhesi leaders, who became ministers several times, had been provoking the Madhesi people.

“These feudal people, who themselves are racists and do not let their Dalit neighbours fetch water from their wells, have been provoking the people,” he quipped.

He also criticised Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s latest India visit and his decision to cancel his New York trip. “The PM does not have pride and has cancelled the meeting of the UN assembly as he has nothing to say there,” he said.

He criticised the government for sending special envoys to India and China immediately after formation of the government. “What had happened to Nepal-India relations or to Nepal-China relations that the government had to send special envoys?” he wondered.

Oli said his party would not allow any breach of Nepal’s established principles of foreign policy.

He alleged that the government was not serious about implementing the constitution and had no interest in the same either. “It has been working for the needs of others and to appease others,” he said.