Nepal | July 16, 2019

‘Taming secessionists an achievement’

Jagdishor Panday

Kathmandu, April 14

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli today said that eliminating secessionist forces from the country and drafting new laws to implement the federal constitution were the key achievements of his government in the Nepali year, 2075 BS.

In his address to the nation on the occasion of the New Year-2076 BS at his official residence in Baluwatar, PM Oli said the country would not tolerate conflicts and violence any more, and those trying to disturb law and order would be brought under control.

The government signed 11-point deal with the Alliance for Independent Madhes and its Chief CK Raut on March 8, and brought the separatist outfit into the mainstream politics.

The PM said the government successfully brought the secessionist force into mainstream politics and proscribed the Netra Bikram Chand-led Communist Party of Nepal in order to maintain law and order in the country.

The PM further said the incumbent government had ensured the enactment of 16 fundamental rights-related acts within the three-year deadline, and passed some new bills to ensure that the provisions of laws that contradicted the new constitution were amended.

PM Oli also held that he had attended around 324 formal and informal programmes last year and addressed six provincial assemblies. He visited 29 districts.

He claimed that the campaign launched by the government to control corruption and irregularities in the year-2075 BS showed his government’s commitment to ensure good governance.

He also said the government would not allow any person to grab public land.

General Secretary of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Bishnu Paudel has been accused of purchasing eight ana land of Lalita Niwas in Baluwatar which is said to be government land.

Interestingly, only eight ministers, who were close to the PM, were present during his address to the nation. The ministers present at the PM’s official residence today were Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Ishwor Pokharel, ministers Pradeep Gyawali, Yubaraj Khatiwada, Gokul Baskota, Lal Babu Pandit, Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal, Tham Maya Thapa and Ragubir Mahaseth. The ministers from the then CPN-Maoist Centre and the Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal were absent.


A version of this article appears in print on April 15, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.

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