-  Monday 10 August 2020

NC rules out republic proclamation

 -  Southasian Media

Oct 07 2007 - Nepali Congress General Secretary Dr Ram Baran Yadav today ruled out that the party would give its consent to full proportional representation system and announcement of republic in the special session of the parliament beginning Thursday.

Speaking at Reporters’ Club today, Yadav justified his views saying NC, being the oldest party, was “well aware” of both national and international ramifications and “knows better” than others what to do and what not to do.

He said though all seven parties are equally responsible for postponing the constituent assembly polls, seven-party unity is must to “avert a possible disaster”.
Dr Yadav was of the view that there was no alternative to NC party and Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala. “Neither Maoist chairman Prachanda nor UML general secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal can handle the current situation,” he claimed, adding that the country would witness a disaster if any other leader comes to the forefront.

Accusing the Maoist party of inviting the current crisis, Yadav said the parties had to hold constituent assembly elections by April 2008 or else they would lose credibility and legitimacy.

Amik Sherchan of the Janamorcha Nepal termed the postponement of CA elections “tragic and unfortunate” at a time when the country was at the threshold of a republic. “The parties have deceived the people,” he said. Saying that there was no obstacle to announce a republic from the Parliament, he suggested this could be the “meeting point” to agree on holding CA elections by January.

Dr Prakash Chandra Lohani held the three parties — NC, UML and the Maoists — responsible for the postponement of the constituent assembly polls. He asked the top leaders of all the three parties to step down for failing to meet the people’s aspirations.
Lohani accused them of lacking political will and good governance skills.

Human Rights defender Krishna Pahadi said the government would not be able to hold CA polls even in a year if they do not announce a republic from the parliament.
“The country needs a statesman,” he said, adding that people have lost faith in the seven parties.

Source : Southasian Media


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