KATHMANDU, July 23: MPs were clearly divided in their views over the issue of no-confidence proposal against the Prime Minister in course of the discussions on it in the Legislature-Parliament session today.
The lawmakers from the ruling parties, mocking at the no-trust motion brought by the opposition parties against the Prime Minister, warned that the proposal brought with the sole purpose of blunting the popularity of the government. They also warned that this proposal with its 'ulterior motive' would push the country towards further jeopardy.
They said that it was unfortunate for the opposition parties to be involved purely in the game of government change when they had to move ahead in unity regarding implementation of the federalism, republic and constitution, the achievements of the People's Movement.
The lawmakers also warned that the peace and development loving Nepali people would not at all tolerate the 'dirty game' of government change that has been played when what was required is to strengthen the internal nationalism by fulfilling the aspirations of the earthquake survivors.
MPs backing the no-trust motion against the government, however, argued that the haughtiness of the Prime Minister compelled then to bring the no-confidence proposal. They stated that the argument put forward by the ruling parties including the CPN (UML) that the constitution did not have the provision of government formation has undermined the prestige of the House.
"Instead of accepting the decision of the Parliament, it is not right to seek advice from outside and to try and drag the President into controversy to elongate power even when a faction of the ruling coalition has pulled out of the government citing they could not work in favor of the people no matter what efforts they made," the lawmakers supporting the motion said.
They, indicating to Janamorcha Nepal that is advocating against federalism, alleged that the tendency of supporting those against federalism and distancing those friends launching protest has questioned Prime Minister's commitment to federalism and republic.
"The nation is in need of national unity at this moment. A few top political leaders are dominant in a democratic country. A consensus is needed among at least major parties - the Nepali Congress, the CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Centre) - at this point of time, instead of increasing mistrust," they said.
On the occasion, saying that it would only be an argument that the constitution promulgated through the erstwhile Constituent Assembly could not pick Prime Minister, NC leader Pradip Giri said that new PM could be elected as per this constitution. Giri was countering to the arguments by some ruling CPN-UML leaders that there is no specific provision in the constitution to elect PM.
Likewise, members of Parliament Mahendra Yadav, Rabindra Adhikari, Durga Poudel, Ram Hari Khatiwada, Kamal Pangeni, Aphilal Akheda, Surendra Chaudhary, Bharat Kumar Shah, Abdur Rajjak Gaddi and Dr Amaresh Kumar Singh among others argued in favour or against the no-trust motion filed against Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli.
Discussions on the motion will continue till Sunday in the Legislature-Parliament meeting scheduled to start at 11 am. RSS