Friday, June 20, 2008

CA Members Flay Govt's Failure on Security Front

THT Online
Kathmandu, June 21

Members of the Constituent Assembly condemned the government for failing to maintain security in the country.
During a meeting of the legislature on Friday, Nepali Congress CA member Jivan Prem Shrestha called the Home Minister to provide security to the people. "The Home Minister is busy in peace process. But he cannot escape from the responsibility of providing security to the people," he said.
UML's Ramji Prasad Sharma criticised the government for failing to provide security to the public.
Rastriya Jana Morcha's Rashmi Raj Nepali and Rastriya Prajatantra Party's Surya Bahadur KC questioned how the government would provide security to the commoners when it failed to protect the Chief Justice.
The assembly members also accused the government of being insensitive towards the demands of students and low-wage people for relief from skyrocketing prices.
Nepali Janta Dal's Gayatri Shaha said at least 80 per cent common people have been facing difficulties by the recent price hike in petroleum products but he government was indifferent towards their woes.
Maoist CA member Agni Prasad Sapkota condemned Prime Minister GP Koirala for staying in power even after his party's defeat in the election.
NC's Jagadish Narasingh KC countered Sapkota's allegations and called the Maoists to form a new government by securing two-third majority in the parliament. "The Prime Minister will resign within a minute if the Maoists secure a two-third majority in the CA. If not, the Maoists should be a part of a consensus government," he said.
He demanded resignation of Forest Minister Matrika Prasad Yadav on moral grounds. "It is not suitable for a minister to lock up a government official in a toilet," he said.
A deaf member of the CA from the Nepal Communist Party (Samyukta) demanded two assistants on behalf of the state to facilitate his participation in the parliamentary activities and to express his opinions.
"I had taken up the issue with the ministers as well but there has not been any such provision until now. I can do nothing without the help of sign language interpreters," he said.
CA members Buddha Ratna Manandhar, Bisendra Paswan, Radha Devi Timalsena, Arjun Rai and Kunti Shahi flayed the seven-party alliance's autocracy and called the CA to make all major decisions.

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