KATHMANDU: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has argued that frequent elections take place in a democracy and elections are required to strengthen the democracy.
At a literary and cultural programme organised by Nepal Academy on the occasion of 71st Democracy Day on Friday, the PM said that no political force should have a fear to go for polls while adding that the House of Representatives (HoR) was dissolved for the fresh mandate. “Some people are arguing that democracy will cease if elections are held. Elections are inevitable in democracy,” the PM said. Stating that different conspiracies are being hatched to foil the polls, PM Oli said that people should be aware for this. PM Oli was of the view that the government was moving ahead by taking support from the people. On the occasion, Oli asked the Election Commission to make speedy preparations for the polls. “Preparations for polls should be expedited to give its feeling to the people,” he added. Similarly, the PM said that conspiracies were made in the past to ignite infighting in the country, and it was needed to unite the country in unity.
“My victory is not needed. But, the people should be made winner,” PM Oli said. As attempts were made to split the party in the name of majority, the PM said that such a move was foiled prior to the party split. Despite efforts were made to push the country towards instability by dissolving the majority, the PM argued that he foiled such steps. Stating that the changes ensured by the people’s movement in 2007 BS had laid foundation for many subsequent movements in the country, PM Oli asserted that although the achievements of such movements were snatched away, the rational and consciousness of the public could not be seized by anyone and anything. “The change brought by people’s movement in 2007 BS holds the highest far-fetching importance. Other changes have been brought on its basis,” said Oli, adding that the litterateurs and poets had played a pivotal role in ending autocratic regime of the Ranas. He was of the view that the poets and writers had created a groundswell for awareness and changes in the country.
Pointing out the need for the intellectuals to analyze the series of incidents after thoroughly doing the reality check, the PM asserted, “The intellectuals should be able to show others the right way.” Likewise, Chancellor of the Nepal Academy Ganga Prasad Upreti opined that Nepal entered into a new era due to the changes brought by the people’s movement in 2007 BS. On the occasion, the PM had awarded the winners of the poem and easy competitions. The awardees received cash prize and certificate of honour. Ganesh Prasad Bhattarai stood first in the essay competition while Rejina Apagain became second and Premraj Silwal third. Similarly, Bikram Pawan Pariyar won the poem competition while Govinda Gopal Khatiwada became second and Tej Rai third. The winner received Rs 50,000 each while those securing second position got Rs 40,000 each and Rs 30,000 each for those becoming third in the both competitions. The Nepal Academy had received 173 poems and 73 essays from all over the country, it was shared. Various cultural programmes such and dance and singing were organized in the event. Towards the end of the event, the PM honoured Nepal Academy’s member secretary Prof Dr Jagat Prasad Upadhyay with certificate.
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