No sparing those airing secessionist remarks: PM

Sunsari, December 21

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli today warned that no one airing secessionist remarks would be spared.

Inaugurating the CPN-UML’s Second Sunsari District Council Meeting in Itahari, Prime Minister Oli, who is also the UML chairman, held that his government had run out of patience and tolerance.

“The government will not spare those who take the law in their hands, vandalise government offices, set fire to them, disturb communal harmony and air secessionist views,” he said.

Stating that the incumbent government was committed to maintaining law and order in the country, Oli remarked that no one was above the law and no one could violate the law in a democracy. “Everyone has a right to protest in democracy.

But, no one has the right to take the law in their hands and do wrong,” Oli said.

Oli argued that no part of Jhapa, Morang and Sunsari would be merged with Province No 2. He insisted that the districts included in the proposed Province No 1 would not be separated and merged with other provinces at any cost.

“It is not acceptable for people residing in Jhapa, Morang and Sunsari to be dictated by people from other districts,” Oli said.

After CPN-UML Morang Chairman Mahesh Regmi and Jhapa Chair Chintan Pathak warned of agitation if Morang, Sunsari and Jhapa were split, the prime minister pledged not to divide even an inch of land from these districts to province no2.

Earlier, talking to mediapersons at Biratnagar Airport, Oli expressed sorrow at the agitating United Democratic Madheshi Front’s display of bravery while meting out suffering to the people. “It is vain to show valour by shutting schools, disrupting ambulances, and blockading the border points,” Oli said.

Oli urged the UDMF to seek a solution through negotiation and dialogue. “It is high time agitating parties ended their evil intentions and offered a way-out to the country,” Oli added.

He said that the government was always ready to solve the problem seen in the Tarai through consensus. “The government is ever ready to settle the UDMF’s demands,” Oli said.

Oli commented that UDMF’s discontentment was artificial. He argued that the country had failed to get a solution as UDMF’s agitation and their discontentment were artificial and dictated by outsiders.

He remarked that if the NC had abided by the game of consensus, the country would have found a solution by now.

Noting that the country’s overall situation had aggravated, Oli urged the UDMF to come to consensus and asked the main opposition Nepali Congress to assist in forging consensus.

He assured that the newly promulgated constitution would be implemented at any cost to empower people.

Oli requested parties and their leaders not to indulge in the making and unmaking of the government. “This is the time to focus on reconstruction and development, not making and unmaking the government,” Oli said.