Oli defends govt, rejects allegations

Kathmandu, May 5

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli today defended the government’s performance and replied on some allegations made against him.

Addressing the parliament meeting, Oli said his government would bring policy and programme and fiscal budget as scheduled.

Speaking from the rostrum by taking special time, Oli rejected the rumour that he might dissolve the Legislature Parliament. “This parliament has made me the prime minister and I will remain in the position until the House tells me to give up. I never thought of dissolving the Parliament.

As decisions could be taken from the Parliament, I do not have to flee from the backdoor,” Oli said.

Top leaders of Unified CPN-Maoist, including Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Krishna Bahadur Mahara, were not present while NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba and UML senior leaders Madhav Kumar Nepal and Jhalanath Khanal were present when Oli addressed the House.

Oli said, “The government was formed in the Parliament and can be changed in a legitimate way. Let’s have national consensus and change the government.

Neither me nor my party will be an obstacle.” Oli said the conspiracy and deception cannot forge consensus.

Stating that attempts are being made to jeopardise peace, stability and independence of the country, Oli underlined the need of consensus among the parties and urged them to seek solution from the parliament.

He invited political parties for open discussion on their grievances.

He rejected the allegation that the new constitution was promulgated on a fast track method without consultation. “The sovereign Constituent Assembly promulgated the constitution by following democratic processes.”

Oli rejected the demand to rewrite the constitution, saying, “No one can rewrite it. However, it can be amended.”

He talked of formation of a commission to restructure local bodies and said the government was preparing to bring 44 new bills as per the new constitution.

Accepting the delay in reconstruction and relief work for earthquake victims, the PM said it was because the government had to follow procedures and honour understanding with donor agencies.

He said even the previous NC-led government did little in the name of relief and reconstruction. The PM urged and instructed Ministry of Supplies and Ministry of Home Affairs, run by UCPN-M ministers, to control short supply, black-marketing and other ill practices.

Oli claimed his government succeeded in improving ties with India and China and termed the agreement with China extraordinary.