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Deuba’s remarks in India disgraceful, says former Nepal Prime Minister

During a joint press conference on Thursday, Deuba told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that efforts to amend the Constitution were underway.

world Updated: Aug 25, 2017 18:23 IST
Indo Asian News Service, Kathmandu
Deuba,Nepal Prime Minister,KP Sharma Oli
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) greets his Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba in New Delhi on Thursday.(PTI)

Former Nepali Prime Minister and CPN-UML chairman KP Sharma Oli on Friday termed Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba’s activities and the statements during his ongoing India visit as “disgraceful”.

Talking to journalists at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu before heading to Thailand for a health check-up, the opposition leader - a strident critic of Premier Deuba - said: “Deuba raised the issue of Constitution’s acceptability out of context on a foreign land. Who was he trying to please by such remarks?”

During a joint press conference on Thursday, Deuba told Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that efforts to amend the Constitution were underway.

“He is the Prime Minister, he took the oath of office and secrecy from the same Constitution. He was elected the Prime Minister under the same Constitution,” he was quoted as saying by the Kathmandu Post.

The Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) Chairman said that Deuba, who is in India on a five-day visit, made a mockery of the decision taken by lawmakers of Nepal regarding the Constitution amendment.

Earlier on Monday, the much-awaited Constitution amendment bill which was brought to address key demands of the agitating Madhes-centric parties failed to muster the required two-thirds majority in the Legislature-Parliament.

Out of 553 lawmakers, 347 lawmakers voted in favour of the bill, 48 short of the two-thirds majority required to pass the bill.

Maoist leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” - whose Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) is an ally in the coalition government headed by Deuba - also took exception to the remarks made by the Nepal Premier during his India visit.

First Published: Aug 25, 2017 18:21 IST