Nepal | January 24, 2019

No-trust motion moved against prime minister

• Debate on the motion to last three days • Voting tomorrow

Ram Kumar Kamat
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli exits the Parliament Building after no-trust motion was moved

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli exits the Parliament Building after the meeting, in Kathmandu, on Friday, July 22, 2016. Photo: Bal Krishna Thapa/ THT

Kathmandu, July 22

CPN-Maoist Centre Chairperson Pushpa Kamal Dahal today told the Parliament that he was compelled to move the no-trust motion against Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, as he continued to obstruct the efforts to promote national unity and to forge national consensus.

Tabling the no-trust motion in the House, Dahal said he always tried to convince the prime minister to help forge national consensus to complete the remaining tasks of the peace process and to address issues raised by Madhesis, Tharus and Janajatis, but the PM was always reluctant to do the needful.

Dahal said PM Oli aligned with the forces that advocated loyalty to monarchy. He said he realised that his differences with the PM on federalism, proportional inclusion and national unity were only growing.

Dahal said hundreds of people had sacrificed their lives to establish the agendas of change and his party could not abandon those agendas.

Dahal said the old definition of nationalism propounded by landlords promoted the interests of privileged groups at the cost of oppressed groups and that needed to be changed.

He added that the country needed to adopt a balanced foreign policy keeping in mind the geopolitical situation of the country.

The CPN-MC chair said the PM instead of solving the problems of Madhesis and Janajatis, antagonised those groups.

Dahal said his party made a mistake when it emerged as the largest party in the first CA by underestimating other parties and the UML was repeating the same mistake.

Nepali Congress leader Bimalendra Nidhi seconded the no-confidence motion tabled by Dahal, saying that the Oli government failed to take steps to make the new constitution acceptable to all forces, including Madhesis and Janajatis.

He added that the government also failed to build federal structures to implement the new constitution.

He said the opposition parties had the support of 341 lawmakers, enough to pass the no-confidence motion and form a new government under Dahal’s leadership with the support of the NC.

UML leader Subas Chandra Nembang said Dahal tabled a no-confidence motion against himself, as he himself was the proposer of the KP Sharma Oli-led government when it was formed in October.

He said the change of guard at this juncture would weaken national integrity and the implementation of the new constitution would be difficult.

Speaker Onsari Gharti Magar allotted three days for debate on the no-trust motion. According to Speaker’s Press Adviser Babin Sharma, the motion would be put to vote on Sunday.

The PM will respond to the no-trust motion before voting takes place on the no-trust motion.

A version of this article appears in print on July 23, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.

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