KATHMANDU, Jan 13: Bikeksheel Nepali Dal has strongly condemned the act of intimidation by the Chief Minister of Bagmati Province Dormani Poudel from the rostrum of the Provincial Assembly during the meeting of PA on Sunday.
Issuing a press statement, the vice-chairperson of the party Ajita Rai accused CM Poudel of practising non-democratic and non-parliamentary acts as he threatened Bibeksheel's provincial lawmaker Ramesh Poudel of sacking the latter from the post of MP just for his address during the meeting of PA. "We strongly condemn such prejudiced and authoritarian words by the CM," the statement read.
According to Bibeksheel Party, CM's statement proved him to be arrogant. "He is trying to disseminate the message that he is one-in-all."
"According to CM, the decision made by his secretariat mustn't be opposed by any lawmaker at any cost. If his secretariat is supposed to decide everything, why is federalism for?"
The party claimed that CM's authoritarian act raised a question on the rights of lawmakers to present their opinion freely in the parliament.
The party also accused the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) and the main opposition Nepali Congress (NC) of going against the norms and values of federalism and the spirit of the constitution by finalizing the name of the Province as Bagmati and fixing Hetauda as its capital through the misuse of majority in the Provincial Assembly.
"However, it is a positive development that the Province has finally got its name and permanent capital after two years of its formation. "
The party stated that it accepted the voting results for naming the province and its capital although it with Sajha party had proposed Dhulikhel to be the capital of the Province.
The party also committed to raising the genuine issues of citizens for the protection and promotion of democratic values despite its small size in the parliament.