Regmi agreed to lead the Govt. after receiving assurance of CA poll during his tenure: Dr. Amaresh Kumar Singh – Leader Nepali Congress
I am not silent, I just wanted to be far from media for some time. I believe in action rather than publicity, so, people might have thought in the same way.
What activities did you do in this period?
I have been visiting to my constituencies during this period. After the formation of Khil Raj Regmi led government, I have been working from my side to create the environment for elections. Formation of the Chief Justice led government was also the part of my activity as there was a need of independent government after Nepali Congress and UCPN-Maoist did not agree to be the part of the same government. There was a need of formation of Chief Justice led government as such government is taken as appropriate government for holding the elections in a free and fair manner.
That means you have played role for making Khil Raj Regmi Prime Minister of the country.
As I am involved in politics, I will remain in the same activity forever. I will look after my active participation in all political developments. The same formula applied on the issue of formation of Chief Justice led government.
Did you convince Regmi-ji to become the Prime Minister or he himself approached you?
I don’t want to disclose this issue at the moment. Actually, he was not very interested to lead the government. Taking into consideration the inter-party conflict and differences between political parties, he was confused on whether the political parties will go for the election or not. He was cautious that the incident might affect his 40-42 years long independent and fair carrier. At last leaders of four major political parties and persons like us requested him to take the proposal positively. He agreed to lead the government when we assured that the election would take place during his tenure.
People also claim that you played important role to appoint Lok man Singh Karki as the chief of CIAA. Is it true?
It is crystal clear that Karki became the Chief of CIAA on the recommendation of four political parties. The issue became complicated as the political parties showed their dual nature after signing the proposal.
The image of the political parties became blink as they did not have any stance. They should have throught the issue before making the decision. People involved in the political sector especially the leaders should take this issue seriously. The main character of the leadership is to remain firm at their stance. My role in this episode is only to make efforts from my side to implement the decision made collectively by the leaders of four major political parties.
Are you optimistic that the incumbent government would hold the elections of the constituent assembly?
Yes hundred percent. This government would hold the elections and the election would take by November this year.
Earlier also many such deadlines were not met so how can people believe for this commitment?
I don’t know who said that election would take place in June or on other date. I never said so. The other issue is that chairperson of Interim Election Government has clearly told the political parties that election is not possible in June and if you agree on the proposal of holding the election in November then I will accept your proposal for leading the interim election government and the political parties have agreed on it. Any side may breach the agreement that is different issue. Be assured that the election would take place in November.
Do you think UCPN-Maoist would emerge as a largest party in the upcoming election of the constituent assembly?
I think democratic forces would emerge victorious in the election as people became aware and the situation may not be same as it was in the past.
You said democratic forces will come forward in the CA poll, you mean the alliance of Nepali Congress and UML will come forward or Nepali Congress alone?
In this question I can only say that the dissolved Constituent Assembly could not draft the new constitution as the major leaders could not make their position in the CA. So, in this election the political parties are discussion to adopt the strategy for making place to the top leaders in the CA without adopting the policy of prohibition. This could play vital role for strengthening democracy.
Many people have been saying that there was foreign interference in Nepal. Why do you think they have been saying so?
Some media have been disseminating the news in a very irresponsive way in this regard. The media which have been presenting such news were found misappropriating the tax and also involved in various illegal activities. Nepali people have been pointing their finger to such media saying it might be their attempt to cover their mistakes. They might have raised such issue to distort the attention of public on genuine issues. Similarly, some leaders have been adopting the nationalist approach of King Mahendra. I don’t know the issue of foreign interference but what I believe is that the nationality of the country should be associated with economic progress. The issue of nationality should be connected with how we want to make our country prosperous, how to reduce unemployment and how to provide good facilities to the people. It should not be the issue of fulfilling cheap political interest.
Lokman Singh Karki was considered as a royalist, so, how do you selected him for the top post of CIAA?
I did not select him. The four political parties selected him. My only point is that the political parties should not have done the decision and once they made the decision they should be firm to their stance.
Do you think Lokman is no more a royalist person?
His actions will decide the issue. In my understanding he was just an employee during the royal regime not a royalist. How can you say him criminal only for serving at bureaucracy during the royal regime.