Nepal Foreign Affairs (KATHMANDU, 25 August 2017) – CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli on Friday said that Prime Minister’s remark on Nepal’s constitution in New Delhi was ‘shameful’ and against the sovereign decision of Nepal’s Parliament.
Talking to journalists at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) before heading to Bangkok for a regular health check-up, Former Prime Minister Oli lambasted Deuba for making disgraceful statement in India.
“PM Deuba raised the issue of constitution’s acceptability out of context from the foreign land. Who was he trying to please by such remarks?” Oli said, “He is the Prime Minister, he took the oath of office and secrecy from the same constitution, he was elected the Prime Minister under the same constitution”
Leader Oli, who is also a former Prime Minister, claimed that PM Deuba also made a mockery of the recent decision made by lawmakers of Nepal regarding the constitution amendment from the foreign country. Oli had defied India’s request to accept that Nepal’s new constitution was not inclusive and amendment would be done involving all when he was in India visit as Prime Minister. Because of his strong objection not to include the domestic affair in the joint statement, the joint statement was not issued at that time.
During a joint press conference on Thursday in Hyderabad House, PM Deuba told his Indian counterpart that efforts to amend the constitution is underway and will try to amend the constitution. Earlier on Monday, the much-awaited constitution amendment bill, brought to address key demands of the agitating Madhes-centric parties, failed to muster the required two-thirds majority in the Legislature-Parliament. Out of 553 lawmakers, who were present in the Parliament, 347 lawmakers voted in favour of the bill, 48 short of the two-third majority required to pass the bill. There are 592 members in the House.