No negotiation with Dr Govinda KC: NCP leader Adhikari

National Medical Education Bill

KATHMANDU, Jan 27: Nepal Communist Party (NCP) leader Khagraj Adhikari Sunday clarified that there is no chance the government is negotiating with agitating Dr Govinda KC since the National Medical Education Bill was already endorsed in the parliament.

The government on Friday bulldozed the controversial Medical Education Bill through strong opposition resistance and endorsed it with two-third majority.

Senior orthopedic surgeon Dr KC, who is on his 16th hunger strike since January 9, has asked Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli to step down on moral basis as the government did not implement the agreement signed at the prime minister’s own initiative. KC has said he will not end his fast-unto-death unless the government addresses his demands.

Supporters of Dr KC have hit the streets protesting the government’s move and demanding to save life of ailing KC. The police have has already arrested more than 50 protesters.

“We brought Dr KC to Kathmandu from Ilam to save his life,” former health minister Adhikari told Reporters’ Club Nepal.

“The Bill has already been approved at the parliament. Thus, there is no possibility of negotiation with Dr KC,” he added.

“The new Bill will bring many positive changes in the medical education sector,” he claimed adding, “This is going to bump all the medical mafias.”

Meanwhile, opposition Nepali Congress has slammed the government’s move at the parliament as inclination toward authoritarianism and against the spirit of democracy and warned nationwide protest against the government.

Adhikari said that the government will hold talk and come to an agreement with the NC.

However, the ruling NCP has insisted that the Bill was passed in line with the parliamentary practice and process. The NCP leaders has also requested Dr KC to end his hunger strike.