HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The Nepali Congress Parliamentary Party (PP) meeting held at its office in Singha Durbar today decided to vote against the two proposals of the UCPN-M to be tabled at the Legislature Parliament tomorrow.
“The proposals are against democratic norms and values, so the meeting decided to vote against them and call on other political parties to defeat them,” said PP leader Ramchandra Paudel.
The Maoist proposals, seek to cancel Paudel’s prime ministerial candidacy and amend the parliament regulation related to the PM election process. These are against democratic norms, concluded the meeting, according to NC PP spokesperson Nabindra Raj Joshi.
PP leader Paudel was critical of the CPN-UML’s latest decision. “Although, the UML accepted my candidacy, it has decided to vote against me. As Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has already asked NC and UML to form the government, the UML should support NC’s candidate and we are making efforts to negotiate with the UML on this,” PP sources quoted Paudel.
Paudel also said NC should be ready for a strong movement to counter the conspiracies being hatched against a democratic constitution. “We should make honest efforts to write a democratic constitution and conclude the peace process. But, we may have to prepare for a decisive movement if the two national agendas are sidelined by other political forces,” he said.
Protesting the recent price hike in the petroleum products, the meeting called on the government to review its decision.
NC CA members criticised the party’s ministers for turning a deaf ear to their demand while allocating budget. They also demanded that National Planning Commission Vice Chairman Jagadish Chandra Pokharel, who was appointed on the party’s recommendation be called back for not supporting the party’s concerns while allocating the budget.