Small parties want all-party mechanism for Covid-19 response; biggies indecisive

Kathmandu, April 10

At least two small parties in the country have demanded that the government establish an all-party mechanism to control the coronavirus outbreak in the country. Two major political parties, ruling Nepal Communist Party and main opposition Nepali Congress, however, have not made any decision about it.

Sajha Party coordinator Rabindra Mishra has been meeting leaders of the big parties lobbying for such a mechanism. He recently met the ruling party’s executive chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and the main opposition leader Sher Bahadur Deuba.

It has been learned that Dahal was positive about the proposal, and he also assured Mishra that he would talk with Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli about the issue. Deuba, however, was not clear on how to respond to Mishra’s proposal. Likewise, other influential leaders of the ruling party are also silent about the proposal.

Meanwhile, the Samajwadi Party’s federal council chairman Baburam Bhattarai has also been pressing the leaders for such a mechanism.

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