PM should have stayed, soothed flood-hit: Nidhi

Kathmandu, August 23:

General secretary of the Nepali Congress Bimalendra Nidhi today criticised Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ for heading to China for Olympic Games instead of comforting the flood victims.

Addressing an interaction, Nidhi said, “Instead of comforting the flood victims, the Prime Minister chose to visit Beijing for the Olympics.”

Saying that India had first invited the PM, Nidhi said the PM went to China without ‘accepting or rejecting’ the Indian invitation.

Commenting on the Prime Minister’s address to the nation, Nidhi said the PM did not express commitment towards the federal democratic republic.

The NC leader said there was fear of Maoist totalitarianism.

Newly-appointed Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Dev Gurung urged all not to read much into PM’s China visit, saying the visit was to enhance the prestige of the nation.

He said the PM had gone to China on the invitation of the Olympics Committee and the Chinese government.

Asked about the dispute in ministerial hierarchy, Gurung said they were just following the tradition started by the Girija Prasad Koirala-led interim cabinet. “We will be able to resolve this issue after the PM returns,” Gurung added.

CPN-UML leader Ram Chandra Jha said, “The Maoists’ stance on the issue of ministerial hierarchy will prove whether or not the Maoists are truly committed to collaboration and coexistence,” Jha added. He urged all concerned not to interpret the PM’s China visit as a ‘left-oriented’ move.

General secretary of the CPN-Unity Centre-Mashal Narayan Kaji Shrestha said some sections of the society were creating a hype over the PM’s China visit.

Leader of the Rastriya Janashakti Party Dr Prakash Chandra Lohani said it was only natural for a country to invite its neighbours in a mega-event.

“It was right for the PM to visit China, particularly when the northern neighbour is trying to show that it is an emerging power,” the RJP leader said.

Lohani said the PM’s address to the nation indicated that he had risen above the party line.