Elections first, not constitution amendment: Oli

Published On: December 11, 2016 07:16 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Dec 11: Chairman of major opposition CPN-UML, KP Sharma Oli, has expressed wonder why the government was voicing for constitution amendment rather than making preparations for elections. 

During a talk program organized by the student wing of the party, ANNFSU, here Sunday, Chairman Oli argued that constitution could not be amended without any reason. It is high time government focused elections, he underscored. 

He, however, said constitution could be amended for the elections. "Let's seek the provisions that bar elections on time, and amend it," he urged the government, adding that amendment must not be the cause resulting in crisis in country. 

The former Prime Minister said his party was ready to wage struggle for keeping intact national integrity, unity, democracy and bringing prosperity. 

"I can't tolerate the ill attempts that jeopardize country's sovereignty and interference in internal affairs," he emphasized. 
According to him, the provision of 33 % reservation for women should be increased to ensure more rights and opportunities for women. Once the participation of women is increased in every state mechanism, they would be empowered for leadership and responsibility, viewed the UML Chairman. 

On the occasion, UML central member Sabitri Bhushal said her party has formulated a code of conduct against violence against women. All should unite to eliminate VAW, he urged the participants. 

Spokesperson of the National Human Rights Commission, Mohna Ansari, said both men and women should be engaged in the campaign against VAW. 

Other speakers suggested the party leaderships that they made the VAW one of their agendas. RSS 

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