Govt undermining democracy: NC leaders

Kathmandu, November 30

Top Nepali Congress leaders, including party President Sher Bahadur Deuba, today assailed the KP Sharma Oli led government for ‘violating’ fundamental rights of citizens’.

Inaugurating ‘International Union of Socialist Youth Asia Pacific Committee Conference-2018’ organised by Nepal Student Union and Nepal Tarun Dal, former PM Deuba, said his party would not tolerate government’s anti-democratic moves.

NC General Secretary Shashanka Koirala, Vice-president Bimalendra Nidhi and Joint General Secretary Prakash Sharan Mahat also criticised the government for its poor performance.

Deuba said the government was trying to undermine fundamental rights and democratic provisions of the constitution. “NC is the oldest democratic force and it is committed to checking any move by the present government that will undermine hard-earned democracy in Nepal,” he said.

Stating that Nepal witnessed violent conflict in the past, Deuba said the country achieved peace under NC’s leadership.

NC General Secretary Koirala said the government had not kept its promises.

Nidhi said the NC was people’s party, which safeguarded  people rights and democracy. “A movement should be launched against the government’s autocratic moves to bring the democratic process back on track,” he added.

Mahat said it was unfortunate that when communists were being routed in elections across the globe, Nepali communist were winning large number of votes. “In others countries around the world, communist forces are getting only 10 per cent of votes,” he said and added that Nepali communists succeeded in gaining more votes due to their propaganda. He added, “People are totally fed up with this government. If the elections are held, the ruling communist party will certainly be a loser. “

He said the communists were not nationalists internally. “They only say they are nationalists but internally they are not so. They are propagandists,” he said.

Deuba also said that the conference’s theme ‘take back democracy’ was very relevant in the present global context as there was tendency in many parts of the world to undermine democratic foundations by curtailing human rights, individual liberty and rule based system.