Haven't spoken anything against UML, Nidhi tells Oli

The CPN-UML Chairperson KP Sharma Oli addresses a programme organised in Sindhuli, on February 23, 2017. Photo: Min Kumar Dahal/THT
The CPN-UML Chairperson KP Sharma Oli addresses a programme organised in Sindhuli, on February 23, 2017. Photo: Min Kumar Dahal/THT

KATHMANDU: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Bimalendra Nidhi told CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli that he did not speak anything against the main opposition party in any public function.

DPM Nidhi reached Oli residence in Balkot on Thursday night and told the former Prime Minister that he did not speak about chasing away the UML from the Tarai region as reported.

Earlier, some media had reported that Nidhi, while addressing a function in Lahan of Siraha on February 26, directed his cadres to foil the UML's Mechi-Mahakali campaign.

In response, on February 28, the UML had issued a press statement objecting to Nidhi's remarks in strong words.

Therefore, Nidhi went to Oli's house yesterday for the clarification, according to Nidhi's press advisor Ramjee Dahal.

Receiving Nidhi, Oli said that he heard about Nidhi's statements from the media, but in fact did not believe it, Dahal informed.

Nidhi, however, conceded that he had asked people to "expose" that the UML obstructed the Constitution amendment process, according to Dahal.

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Nidhi also objected to the UML's use of the term "anti-national" to refer to the Constitution amendment bill, Dahal informed.

Oli, in response, told Nidhi that the party had not used the word in the official document, but still was of the view that the amendment proposal was against national interests.

The Home Minister also informed the UML chair that he had directed security bodies to ensure smooth security to the party's Mechi-Mahakali campaign beginning Saturday.