UML chair Oli urges India to initiate efforts to withdraw recent blockade soon

Kathmandu, Sept 29: CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli has urged Indian government to initiate steps to withdraw its recent undeclared blockade on the border soon, thus allowing passage to Nepal-bound goods and cargo vehicles.

UML Chairman Oli said that it was unfair on the part of Indian sides to treat a landlocked country (Nepal) this way.

“I will urge the Indian side to ease the supply of goods and petroleum products and it is wishes of all Nepalese,” he said.

Oli was speaking in an inaugural programme of the national gathering of UML cadres on post-constitution situation here in the capital today.

UML Chair Oli said that they were caught by surprise to hear that India only heard about the promulgation of Nepal’s constitution at a time when various countries in the world hailed the ‘democratic’ constitution.

Saying that there is an agreement between the major political parties that a collation government would be formed after the drafting of the constitution, he said efforts would be speeded up to implement the newly promulgated constitution, end existing political problems, reconstruct structures ravaged by April 25 earthquakes and make the country prosper economically ahead.

He claimed that the UML, a guardian of nationality, democratic hero and crusader of social justice, has played an invaluable role in making the constitution.

Referring to statements recently made by Vice President Paramananda Jha, he said that it was not an easy task to promulgate a constitution via elected representative’s body, the Constituent Assembly.

He said that it is appropriate for a non-political institution to abstain from politics, requesting Jha to remain within the framework of his position.
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He also opposed the statements by some Madhes-centric political party leaders to rewrite the newly promulgated constitution approved by two-thirds majority of the lawmakers through the democratic process.

UML Secretary Pradip Kumar Gyawali said that UML leader Oli, senior leaders Jhala Nath Khanal, Madhav Kumar Nepal, Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Bamdev Gautam, also UML Vice Chairman, UML General Secretary Ishwor Pokharel would impart training on different subjects in the closed session of the gathering.

Around 700 delegates including office bearers of UML central committee, UML sitting and former parliament members, chairman of UML zonal and district levels are participating in the gathering. RSS