PM tells lawmakers to brace no confidence vote

Published On: July 15, 2016 01:15 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, July 15: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has informed CPN-UML lawmakers about his plan to face no confidence motion registered against him in parliament and not to quit the government voluntarily. He also instructed his party's lawmakers to be prepared to counter the opposition parties' allegations in parliament meeting.

"We will face the no confidence motion in parliament. The opposition will make accusations against the government though these will be baseless and biased. We need to counter those allegations with logic and homework," UML whip Gokul Gharti quoted the prime minister as saying.

Prime Minister Oli at Thursday's UML's parliamentary party meeting spent an hour and a half to brief his party's lawmakers on the latest political development.

According to a lawmaker, Oli told the parliamentary party meeting that the CPN (Maoist Center) decided to quit the government although he had told them that the Maoist concerns including the one associated with government leadership handover would be addressed by developing a modality for the purpose.

Prime Minister Oli alleged that the CPN (Maoist Center) and its chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal were working on cue from foreign elements.

"We were working together to settle the issues between us but the Maoists suddenly decided to part ways after receiving signals from some remote control. They will lament the day the remote control stops sending signals," the lawmaker quoted Oli as saying.

"The move to register no confidence motion happened in the directives of those elements, who do not want Nepal to be prosperous and self-dependent."

 Prime Minister Oli also told lawmakers that he would ask Speaker Onsari Gharti about why the parliament meeting scheduled for endorsing three remaining bills on Wednesday was rescheduled.    

Speaking at the parliamentary party meeting, Oli also raised the issue of constitutional complexities in forming a new government.

"Many complications might arise in parliament. We should remain strong and face such complications unitedly," the lawmaker quoted Oli.

CPN (Maoist Center) on Tuesday had withdrawn its support to the Oli-led government and registered a no confidence motion against the prime minister at parliament secretariat on Wednesday. The Maoist Center and the Nepali Congress have decided to form a new government under the leadership of Maoist Center Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal.   

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