KATHMANDU, OCT 19 – Madhesi Janadhikar Loktantrik-Forum leader Sarat Singh Bhandari, who was removed from the post of Defence Minister, said he has not resigned from the minister’s post and will not tender his resignation.
Hours after Prime Minister informed the House that Bhandari has been relieved from the post of Defense Minister on the recommendation of his party, the MJF-L leader organised a press meet in the Capital on Wednesday and rejected his resignation.
“Neither have i tendered my resignation, nor will I resign,” said Bhandari, expressing his strong displeasure with the party decision.
Accusing his party of not allowing him to express his views in the Legislature-Parliament, Bhandari said that he was called back from the government unlawfully. The leader, however, said that he would not leave the party.
“I have just raised the issue of inclusiveness,” said Bhandari, challenging the opposition parties to file a case against him for being “anti-national.” Bhandari said that the accusation against him was serious.
Bhandari came down heavily upon the opposition parties—Nepali Congress (NC) and the CPN-UML—and accused the parties of trying to hold the nation a hostage of indecision in the name of peace and statute-drafting processes.
Bhandari, who was appointed as the minister on September 14, accused the MJF-L of being misled. “We had named the party Loktantrik [Democratic] so as to ensure democracy inside the party,” said Bhandari. “But the party was misguided.”
Earlier today, a political committee meeting of the MJF-L had decided to call back Bhandari. However, the leaders loyal to Bhandari strongly objected to the decision and boycotted the meeting demanding the party Central Committee decision regarding the same.
Supporters of Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Loktantrik leader Sarat Singh Bhandari, who was relieved of his duty as the Defence Minister earlier today, organised a torch rally in Kathmandu Wedesday evening.
His supporters took out the rally protesting party’s decision to call back minister Bhandari from the government. The participants of the rally chanted slogans demanding withdrawal of the party’s decision.
The protesters marched from Maitighar Mandala to Naya Baneshwor carrying torches. They also chanted slogan against party chairman Bijay Kumar Gachchhadar.
Following pressure from opposition parties- Nepali Congress and CPN–UML, the MJF-Loktantrik had decided to call him back from the government amidst an objection of Bhandari’s supporters.
Gachchhadar clarified that calling back minister Bhandari was party’s official decision and resisting the decision would be regarded as the violation of the party discipline.
The opposition parities had been obstructing the House demanding his resignation for publicly making controversial remarks on possible disintegration of the country of 22 districts of the Terai want to secede. The House resumed normal business from today after the PM Baburam Bhattarai announced minister Bhandari’s removal in the House