VP will retake oath: Singh

KATHMANDU: Minister for Law and Justice Prem Bahadur Singh on Monday said that Vice President Parmananda Jha would retake a fresh oath in Nepali within seven days as allocated to him by the Supreme Court.

Minister Singh made this statement in an interaction programme in the capital saying that he had seen no other alternative for the VP. He also said that the VP should retake the oath to set an example to everyone and send across the message that no one is above the law in the country. He also claimed that the VP had agreed to retake the oath as per the Supreme Court's verdict.

Chairman of Nepal Bar Association Bishwa Kanta Mainali said that the VP should utilise the seven days granted by the SC as an opportunity to rectify his blunder. Mainali opined that the VP should be denied all the facilities given by the state if he defies the SC verdict. Meanwhile, CA member representing the UCPN-Maoist Khim Lal Devkota opposed the SC decision as politically motivated. He said that there were more important matters yet to be discussed while the country was caught up in a language controversy. Devkota claimed that even the President who administered the oath to the VP should be brought to book.