Parliamentarians question govt’s decision to accept ‘people’s mandate’

Published On: March 10, 2019 01:34 PM NPT

KATHMANDU, March 10: Parliamentarians have demanded the government explain the reasons for reaching an 11-point agreement with CK Raut led Independent Madhes Alliance (AIM) and questioned why or how the government accepted a clause mentioning a referendum.

Raut had reached an agreement and ended his secession movement of the Mades on Friday.  

Speaking at the special hour, parliamentarian Bhim Rawal from Nepal Communist Party said that the language in the 11-point agreement was ‘unsuitable’. Rawal welcomed the government’s decision to bring Raut to mainstream politics. He, however, said that the words chosen in the agreement could have wider implications – affecting Nepal’s sovereignty and freedom.

“However, he (CK Raut) hasn’t taken responsibility of the secessionist movement of the past by word or in the agreement,” Rawal said. In turn, the NCP’s parliamentarian urged the government to correct the errors and reissue the agreement.

Likewise, parliamentarian Gagan Thapa, has questioned the reason behind the government’s agreement with Raut. He also expressed concerns over the choice of words in the agreement. “The interpretation has led to misinterpretation,” Thapa said.

Thapa also questioned why the government had agreed for a referendum.

Likewise, Mahendra Yadav from Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal, said that they had withdrawn the support from the government. In addition, he questioned why the government had failed to revise the constitution as agreed with his party.

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