Kathmandu, Nepal: Senior orthopedic surgeon Dr Govinda KC has said that he would continue his hunger strike unless Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli tenders his resignation from the post on the moral ground that he failed to live up his commitment and agreement reached with him.
Dr KC is staging his 16th hunger strike, which was started on January 9, demanding incorporation of the nine point agreement in the National Medical Education Bill. As the Bill was endorsed by the federal parliament on Friday without incorporating nine points demand signed with him, he has shifted his demand of resignation of the Prime Minister Oli.
As his demand of resignation of the Prime Minister Oli would not be fulfilled so easily, it is likely that continuation of his hunger strike would bring more complications in the country particularly in the medical sector as almost all the doctors and medical professionals including the governmental one had also been lending their support to Dr. KC.
The government and Dr KC had signed on the nine point agreement on July 26, in which the government had made a commitment to accommodate Dr KC’s demands in the Bill. Following the agreement, Dr KC had also ended his 15th fast-unto-death. However, the key points of the agreement were not incorporated in the Bill, stating that the parliament deserves the right to accept or reject the agreement.
Though the government and its allies were against of the demand of Dr. KC from the very beginning, overwhelming support on the demand of Dr. KC and strike of medical professionals had compelled the government to sign in the agreement with Dr. KC.
It is likely that such a situation would continue at this time too as not only the oppositions but also the prominent civil society leaders have already been lending support to Dr. KC.