JHAPA, FEBRUARY 2
Senior leader of Janata Samajwadi Party-Nepal Rajendra Mahato said restoration of the Parliament and elections wouldn't provide permanent solutions to the problems facing the country.
Speaking at a press conference organised in Damak, Jhapa's by the party's Damak Municipal Committee today, the JSP-N leader stressed the need to amend the constitution.
"What is the guarantee that the Parliament won't be dissolved again in future after it is reinstated this time around and Dahal, or someone else for that matter, is put in the PM's seat instead of Oli? So the need for us is to amend the statute," he argued.
"Even in the past, we had former kings and the governments of the so-called democratic party - Nepali Congress - dissolving the Parliament. So it is evident that such regressive moves will continue to happen unless we have a statute owned by all," Mahato added, calling all identity lobbyists and others to wage a struggle for national liberation.
The Madhes-based leader and former minister accused the prime minister of cheating them again and again on the issue of constitution amendment.
"He lied to us umpteen times, saying the constitution would be amended on the basis of necessity, but apparently nothing has happened in the way of constitution amendment so far," he complained.
Alleging that the prime minister's act of dissolving the House of Representatives was an attack on democracy and a constitutional coup, Mahato called his leaders, cadres to join the struggle to safeguard the political gains achieved so far.
A version of this article appears in the print on February 3, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.