House adjourned: Oppn parties demand resignation of ‘tainted’ ministers

KATHMANDU, OCT 13 – The major two opposition parties Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN-UML have demanded immediate resignation of Minister for Land Reforms and Management Prabhu Sah.

The opposition parties criticised the government saying that Sah was pardoned although police investigation had found his involvement in the murder of Hindu Yuba Sang leader Kashi Tiwari.

Addressing the Legislature-Parliament session in the Capital on Thursday, NC Parliamentary Party leader Ram Chandra Poudel accused the government of staying neutral even after the accused murderer of Tiwar said Sah was involvement in the murder.

He remarked that the government itself breached the law by providing patronage to criminals.

Poudel added that the decision taken by the government to grant amnesty to murder accused UCPN (Maoist) lawmaker Bal Krishna Dhungel has promoted impunity in the country.

Earlier, the government had decided to pardon Dhungel, who was sentenced to life imprisonment, along with confiscation of entire property. The Supreme Court has implicated him in the murder of one Ujjwal Prasad Shrestha in Okhldhunga district seven years ago during the armed-insurgency.

Likewise, NC lawmaker Ram Sharan Mahat accused the government of protecting “criminals.” He argued that the government should remove the “tainted ministers” from the Cabinet.

“We have listened to Defense Minister [Sarat Singh Bhandari]’s statement. He is not authorised to say that the nation might split,” said Mahat, addressing the House. “No one can split the country.”

Similarly, UML Chairman Jhala Nath Khanal demanded resignation of Minister Sah and Bhandari. He warned that his party would halt the parliamentary proceedings if the government did not oust both the ministers.

Reiterating that the four-point agreement signed between the Maoists and the Madhesi Morcha was “anti-national”, the UML chairman demanded Prime Minister’s view regarding the agreement.

Meanwhile, Maoist lawmaker Dina Nath Sharma remarked that accusing Minsiter Sah of murdering Tiwari without verification was against the republic norms.

He drew the attention of the House towards “baseless” accusations levelled against Sah. He said that no one should comment on any issues without having proof.

Meanhile, the House session was put off till Sunday after the opposition parties continued to stuck to their positions signalling protest. They have warned to halt parliamentary proceeding until the government expels Ministers Sah and Bhandari.Ekantipur Report

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