KATHMANDU, April 3: Senior leader of the main opposition, Nepali Congress (NC), Ram Chandra Paudel has announced to sponsor a vote of no-confidence against Prime Minister K P Oli “if he does not step down voluntarily”.
Addressing a program organized by NC Nuwakot-Kathmandu Liaison Committee in the capital on Saturday, senior leader Paudel said that democracy in the country would be in jeopardy if NC decided to let Oli stay put in the post of prime minister. “Nepali Congress has already decided to change the prime minister. If he [Oli] does not tender his resignation, we will remove him by registering a vote of a no-confidence motion in parliament,” he said.
Paudel also said that the three main parties – Nepali Congress, CPN (Maoist Center) and the Janata Samajbadi Party — that took to the streets against PM Oli’s unconstitutional move to dissolve the House of Representatives (HoR) will jointly file a vote of no-confidence against Prime Minister Oli. “We will negotiate with the parties that are currently in the opposition front and those who fought against the regressive move taken by the prime minister. We will forge understanding and present a proposal to oust the prime minister after an agreement,” he further said.
Paudel’s remarks come a day after the NC CWC meeting decided to take initiatives to form a new government under its leadership. NC President Deuba had earlier not taken any initiative to form a new government, arguing that the time was still not ripe to take any such overtures.