Avoiding task of fixing province capitals will be govt’s incompetence: Bhim Rawal


KATHMANDU, Jan 7: CPN-UML Vice-chairman Bhim Rawal has said that if the government avoids the task of fixing the temporary province capitals, it will be government’s incompetence.

The government, owing to the tensions and protests that have erupted in various districts over province capitals is planning not to fix the temporary capitals and leave the duty to province assemblies. Minister for Commerce Min Bishwokarma on Saturday had said that the government will likely avoid the duty of fixing the temporary province capitals keeping in view that the left alliance didn’t give any suggestion over the issue.

But UML leader Rawal accused the government of running away from duty.

“The government alerted by the protests in various districts over the province capitals is planning to skip the task. The government is running away from challenges,” he said at an interaction program organized by the Reporters’ Club Nepal on Sunday.

“We (left alliance leaders) had told Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba to complete all the procedures abiding by the constitutional framework so as to pave way for the new government formation. But now, the government is saying that it will not fix temporary capitals owing to constitutional complexities.”

“The government’s argument has no logic. This is government’s incompetence,” added Rawal.

“We keeping in view the government’s dillydallying to transfer power had told PM Deuba to take decisions regarding these matters. But, the government is inviting further complications.”

Rawal also demanded that the government appoint governors immediately.

Rawal also shared that the party unification coordination committee meeting will be held before UML Chair KP Oli leaves for Bangkok for routine health check-up. Oli, tipped to be the next prime minister, underwent kidney transplant in New Delhi in 2007. Since then he has regularly undergone health checkup in foreign capitals.

“The seven-point understanding between UML and CPN (Maoist Center), common election manifesto and agreement on 60-40 ratio after party unification are the strong bases for party unification. People’s mandate has come for the same. Some leaders does not want the two left parties be unites—which will not happen,” he added.

Rawal also warned PM Deuba that if he does not quit the government after the conduction of National Assembly Election, the people will force him to quit.