Kathmandu, January 24

The Nepali Congress today urged Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara to help create environment conducive for a smooth functioning of the Parliament and behave in a non-partisan manner following democratic norms.

A meeting of the NC Central Working Committee concluded that the speaker had failed to find a solution on the basis of consensus. It added that lawmakers from the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) tried to forcibly get the National Medical Education Bill endorsed, while male marshals were used to stopping female lawmakers and ruling party lawmakers pounced on opposition lawmakers. It added that the speaker would not have let that happen if he had been non-partisan.

The meeting reiterated the NC’s demand of bringing the two hospitals named after late NC leaders — GP Koirala National Centre for Respiratory Diseases in Dulegauda, Tanahun, and Sushil Koirala Prakhar Cancer Hospital in Khajura, Banke — under the federal government.

The NC said the ruling party was hell-bent on getting the health education bill endorsed against the agreement reached with Dr Govinda KC instead of ensuring smooth functioning of the Parliament by rectifying its decision on the two hospitals.

The NC CWC meeting concluded that the government was exhibiting insensitivity towards the deteriorating health of fasting Dr KC. “The government should reach a solution by drafting the medical education bill on the basis of the agreement reached with Dr KC,” NC stated. The NC CWC also condemned the government’s move to convene the meeting of Constitutional Council and make crucial appointments in the absence of the leader of the opposition Sher Bahadur Deuba, stating the move violated democratic norms.

It added that even six months after the rape and murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta in Kanchanpur the perpetrator(s) of the heinous crime had not been booked.