Gagan Thapa urges PM to retire in view of deteriorating health
September 5, 2019 07:15 AM NPT
KATHMANDU, Sept 5: A lawmaker of the main opposition party Nepali Congress (NC) has urged Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, who is currently undergoing treatment in Singapore, to take a rest.
Speaking during Special Hour at the House of Representatives on Wednesday, lawmaker Gagan Thapa said the prolonged absence of the country's executive head may have an adverse impact on national security and on diplomatic dealings. He argued that the prime minister should not keep himself under the pressure of work, given his deteriorating health .
“The PM is under huge work pressure of late. However, given his poor health, he has not been able to discharge his duties even though he has strong willpower,” Thapa said.
Thapa also advised the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) to come up with an alternative to the PM and give Oli a rest. "Given its two-thirds majority, it is easy for the NCP top brass to pick someone else as prime minister in place of Oli," he said.
However, NCP lawmakers have protested Thapa's remark, suggesting the NC should not see any prospects for itself in Oli's declining health.