Govt yet to consult me for oath: Jha

KATHMANDU: Inactive Vice President Paramananda Jha today said the government was yet to consult him regarding his fresh oath of office and secrecy.

“The government is yet to consult me,” Jha told The Himalayan Times today. President Dr Ram Baran Yadav authenticated the Constitution’s seventh amendment bill on February 2.

The government is yet to fix the date for the VP’s oath. The Legislature-Parliament passed the bill on January 28 in order to activate the VP.

“Neither the Office of the President nor the government contacted me in this regard,” Jha added. He said he would take the oath in the language suggested by the Council of Ministers.

“I am ready to take the oath in the language decided by the government,” he said. “But it should think whether to respect the new amendment to the Constitution or the SC order.”

Jha became ineffective on August 30 as per the order of the Supreme Court when he had refused to take a fresh oath in Nepali.

He did not comply with the seven-day deadline of the SC, issued on August 23, 2009, but chose to be ineffective in the prestigious post.