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Nepali Congress, Madhesi parties disappointed with Oli’s speech

Himalayan News Service
Prime Minister of Nepal KP Sharma Oli addressing the nation at the PM residence in Balwatar, Kathmandu on Sunday November 15, 2015. PM Oli urges agitators to end protests, assures statute amendment, asks India to lift blockade to ease humanitarian crisis. Oli said the government has now realised it was Nepal’s weakness to depend on India only for supplies of essentials. Photo/Skanda Gautam

PM KP Sharma Oli addresses the nation from the PM residence in Balwatar, Kathmandu on Sunday November 15, 2015. Photo: Skanda Gautam

Kathmandu, November 15

Nepali Congress and Madhesi parties have expressed their dissatisfaction over Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s address to the nation.

Chairperson of Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal Upendra Yadav said PM’s speech failed to provide any way out of the Madhes crisis.


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He said Oli’s indictment of neighbouring country was not in the interest of Nepal. “His speech is meaningless because it does not spell out any concrete plan to solve problems, including Madhes agitation,” he added.

Nepal Sadbhawana Party Chair Anil Kumar Jha said he expected the PM to spell out plans to end Tarai agitation but instead of offering any solution to the problem he used language of threat and intimidation against the agitating Madhesi parties and undermined Tarai agitation.

Jha said the PM’s address was more like government’s policy and programme speech.

NC Spokesperson Dilendra Prasad Badu said the PM only described the problems facing the nation but did not tell the public how his government would end the blockade.

He said the PM did not mention the root cause of blockade and did not even say anything about what diplomatic initiative he would take vis-à-vis India to resolve the crisis created by blockade.

“The PM talked of getting fuel and other goods from China, but he did not say about the status of the government’s initiative. PM’s address has disappointed the people who were expecting solution to the problems,” Badu added.

A version of this article appears in print on November 16, 2015 of The Himalayan Times.

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