Kathmandu, Nepal: Responding to the widespread wrath and criticism over some controversial phrases mentioned in the 11 points agreement signed between the government and Free-Madhes activist CK Raut, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has made clear that there is no possibility of holding referendum over the country's territorial integrity and sovereignty.
Addressing the 18th founding anniversary of National Security Council (NSC) secretariat at Singha Durbar on Monday, Prime Minister Oli defended the agreement claiming that none of the points of the agreement indicates or intends for holding referendum over the country's territorial integrity and sovereignty.
Holding the referendum over the country's territorial integrity and sovereignty goes beyond the imagination, Prime Minister Oli said there is no question of holding a referendum on matters of national integrity.
I am surprised to the suspicion over the agreement, which has ruined the secessionist movement; Primer Oli said adding that there is no necessary to be paranoid with the agreement and the intention of the government.
Prime Minister Oli’s remarks have come in the mean time when several section of the society including the leaders from his own party- Nepal Communist Party (NCP)- have raised serious question marks over phrase of the agreement demanding clarity on ‘jana abhimat’ mentioned in the 11-point agreement.
As Raut’s supporters chanted slogans claiming that the government had agreed to hold referendum while striking 11-point agreement, the issue was emerged as most of the contentious issue of across the country.
Raut’s supporters had taken to the street chanting slogans in favor of free Madhes while welcoming Raut in Janakpur on Sunday in the mean time when lawmakers were busy on raising questions marks over the issue in the federal parliament in Kathmandu.
The 11-point agreement signed between the government and so-called Free Madhes campaigner Raut, became controversial due to the abstract meaning of ‘jana abhimat’, which sounds like referendum.
Not only the lawmakers from the opposition parties but also the lawmaker from the ruling head NCP including Bhim Bahadur Rawal, who is also the vice president of the party, demanded clarification from the government over the phrase. The lawmakers had a claim that ‘jana abhimat’, phrase indicates about referendum on the fate of the Madhes.
The 11-point agreement has been surprising to many as the agreement is made just a day after Raut was released from judicial custody on the orders from the Supreme Court (SC), the apex court of the country.
Since the controversial Free-Madhes campaigner Raut appeared alongside Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, other cabinet ministers and government head NCP leaders including its co-chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal at City Hall in Kathmandu just a day after he was released from judicial custody, some leaders of the party were not aware about the development.