March 8, 2017 12:30 AM NPT
KATHMANDU, March 8: Ram Chandra Paudel-led faction of Nepali Congress (NC) has demanded a meeting of the party's Central Working Committee (CWC) in view of the Saptari incident that could vitiate the environment for holding the local poll.
A meeting of the CWC members close to Paudel faction held at the residence of Prakash Man Singh on Tuesday decided to ask the party's leadership to call a CWC meeting. Concluding that the constitution is already in jeopardy, the leaders have said that NC should take the lead to give the country a way out to the current political stalemate.
This is the second time Paudel faction has demanded for the party's CWC meeting. While expressing serious dissatisfaction over the failure of the party leadership to call CWC meeting even after their request in writing, Tuesday's meeting maintained that Saptari incident had vitiated the environment for poll and CWC meeting should discuss the current situation and take appropriate measures to create environment conducive for polls.
The Paudel-led faction has said that the NC being the largest party in the parliament needs to act as facilitator to resolve the problems seen in the country. Leaders in the meeting argued that the party needs to arrive at a conclusion after discussion within the party to save the constitution and take the country out of current political impasse.
NC lawmakers from Madhes want judicial commission to probe Saptari incident
NC lawmakers representing Madhesh districts have asked the government to form a judicial commission to probe into the killings of Madhesi protesters in Saptari on Monday.
In their separate meetings with Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Home Minister Bimalendra Nidhi, the lawmakers also demanded suspension of the police personnel involved in opening fire and punishment for those found guilty by the judicial commission.
They have also urged the government and major political parties to hold negotiations with the agitating Madhes-based parties to address their demands. While maintaining that all political parties have the rights to hold peaceful gatherings, the lawmakers asked the leaders concerned not to make provocative statements that could trigger violence.