‘Naturalised citizens cannot be allowed to hold key constitutional posts’

Nawalparasi, November 19

Former prime minister and CPN-UML Chairperson KP Sharma Oli has flayed the government’s attempts to amend the constitution in order to address the demands of the Madhes-based parities.

Addressing his party cadres in Province Number 5 in Rupandehi’s Butwal today, the UML leader asked, “How fair is it for a party like CPN-Maoist Centre to distribute citizenship like chocolates?”

The UML leader also accused Madhes-based parties of bargaining for a provision that is nowhere to be found in the world.

“The new constitution has ensured equal rights to people from all classes, regions and linguistic communities. So there is no way we can accept naturalised citizenship holders in top constitutional posts just because the Madhes-based parties are demanding it,” he said.

Various other UML leaders, including senior leader Jhalanath Khanal, Madhav Kumar Nepal, Vice-chairperson Bamdev Gautam and General Secretary Ishwor Pokharel, among others, also spoke on the occasion.

On his part, leader Bishnu Paudel, who is the coordinator of UML Province Number 5, warned that attempts to tamper with the state’s boundaries were unacceptable.

Around 1,200 party representatives from 12 districts of the province participated in the programme.