Leader of the main opposition party – the CPN (UML) – KP Sharma Oli, addressing the meeting of the Legislature-Parliament today, has said that the House obstruction has been removed keeping in mind the understanding reached among the major political parties and the national necessity.
Making a statement in the House before the start of the process for the election of new Prime Minister, he stated that all sides came to an understanding for pursuing the second-phase of local election with the first-phase local election having been completed and for meeting the goal of holding the province and federal parliament.
He said that stopping activities like booth capturing, election fraud and tearing of ballot papers that he accused the ruling side of committing in the first-phase local election was the demand of his party, expressing the hope that the parliamentary committee that is to be formed as per their this demand would carry out the important work.
Why the Prime Minister had to resign before the completion of the second-phase local election, the leader of the main opposition questioned, saying it would be better if the Prime Minister informed the House about the reason for doing so.
While accusing the ruling side of behaving in a premeditated manner over the issue of the tearing of ballot papers while vote counting was underway for Bharatpur Metropolitan City, Ward No. 19 under the first-phase local election, he wondered what was the compulsion with the ruling side of not accepting the election results and anyhow win the election.
Contending that the vote counting centre at Bharatpur had not been captured, leader Oli said that the vote counting should have been resumed after taking legal action against those accused of tearing the ballot papers, he said that was not done but an intention of holding a re-voting was kept.
He alleged that the chief election officer of Bharatpur had abetted in institutionalising the wrong act of tearing the ballot papers and that the decision of the Election Commission on this issue was not fair and impartial.
Saying that the torn ballot papers should have been declared invalid and the rest of the other ballot papers should have been counted, the leader of the main opposition party expressed objections that this was not done. “The wrong act committed after sensing that they were going to lose in the election is a mockery and the rejection of the people’s votes,” he said and expressed concern that this would invite trouble to the future of democracy.
Chair Oli said that Nepali Congress and CPN (Maoist Centre) failed to deliver their authentic views regarding the ballot paper tearing issues at the mayoral election at Bharatpur Metropolis under the first phase local poll.
He said that he was puzzled while CPN (Maoist Centre) welcomed their cadres involved in ballot paper tearing issues rather punishing them adding that it was against the democratic values.
Leader Oli further said that his party felt the responsibility of resuming House, to elect the new Prime Minister and the Bharatpur issue has entered in the Supreme Court.
He further said that the Election Commission did not deliver the impartial decision.
In another context, the leader of the opposition party ruled out the rumour that his party was anti Tarai. He expressed dissatisfaction regarding to blame the UML in Rajbiraj incident.