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NC censures Maoists for opposing key bills

KATHMANDU, FEB 15 -Alok Lamsal

The Nepali Congress (NC) has expressed serious concern over the ruling UCPN (Maoist)’s move to oppose crucial bills, including those related to extradition treaty, mutual legal assistance and Anti-money Laundering Act, in parliament.

A meeting of the NC’s Parliamentary Party (PP) held in Singha Durbar has asked the government to address problems that may surface due to the delay in the bills’ passage. “The Maoists should be responsible for the consequences of the delay,” PP Spokesman Nabindra Raj Joshi said in a statement.

The bills are pending in parliament after the Baidya faction of the Maoist party objected to them. The faction has been arguing that the proposed laws are against national interests.

NC leader Ram Chandra Poudel accused the Maoists of not going by the seven-point agreement and creating hurdles in the peace and constitution drafting processes.

The party blamed Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai for the controversial Maoist decision to pocket money given to Maoist combatants who retired. They sought a clarification from the Maoist party on the issue.

In the meeting, leaders also demanded the government provide people with their basic needs.

“The shortage of petroleum products in the market has left the common people in the lurch. This proves the government has failed,” Joshi said.

Joshi further expressed concern over state restructuring and the governance structure in the new constitution and slammed the anti-national statements made by Information and Communications Minister Jaya Prakash Gupta. Last week, Gupta had said Madhes could sever its relationship with the state if issues of the region were not addressed.

Published in The Kathmandu Post

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