Kathmandu, January 9
Medical education reform activist Dr Govinda KC says the government leadership and ruling Nepal Communist Party betrayed the nation, after they finalised a new Medical Education Bill that apparently contradicts an agreement the government signed with him.
After the Education and Health Committee of Parliament endorsed the bill earlier this afternoon, Dr KC said he would resort to another round of fast-unto-death from today itself.
The senior orthopaedic surgeon at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital is currently in Ilam of eastern Nepal for past few days. He is planning to stage the hunger strike there from 4 pm today.
It will be his 16th hunger strike in past few years, staged with almost similar demands.
“We are fighting for people, but they are preparing laws for mafias and brokers,” Dr KC told Onlinekhabar minutes after the endorsement, “[Prime Minister KP Sharma] Oli and [NCP Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka] Prachanda have vested interests.”
“Now, I will fight against Oli and Prachanda.”
Dr KC claimed he was suspicious about the leadership’s motive months ago when he visited them at the Prime Minister’s residence in Baluwatar.
He was of the view that Prime Minister Oli failed to prove his integrity as he misused the two thirds support his government enjoyed.
The parliamentary panel had endorsed the bill by the two thirds majority despite the protest of the main opposition party, Nepali Congress.
Published on January 9th, Wednesday, 2019 3:19 PM