May 04,2009 Kathmandu, Nepal: Nepal’s PrimeMinister(PM) Puspa Kamal Dahal resigned from his post of leadership, highlighting the current crisis situation of the inappropriate use of power by the President Dr Ram Bran Yadav against the sack of Chief of the Army Staff (CoAS) Rookmangud Katawal by the government.
The Maoist government had sacked Rookmangud Katawal from his position of CoAS of Nepali Army against the power tussle of Maoist and the Nepal Army. Recently during a national sports Program, Nepali Army drew back its sportsperson from the games, stating that the Maoist sportsmen did not comply the rules.
Briefly stating in a press release, the Nepal Army Media Directorate reasoned that the Maoist sportsmen failed to submit their application during the standard application time and later they participated the games influencing its bureaucratic powers to enter the games, which was against the sprit of sportsmanship.
Highlighting the issue, the CoAS was asked a written explanation to comply the reason behind drawing the army sportsmen from the games where Katawal had submitted the explanation. But undermining the report on Sunday, the Maoist led government using its powers and sacked Katawal under the Nepal Military Act, 2006 and appointed active general Kul Bahadur Khadka as the officiating CoAS of Nepal Army. Despite the fact that other parties had boycotted the cabinet meeting when the PM had proposed the sack of the CoAS Katawal; the Maoist led Government Issue the notice to Katawal.
In repose to the decision the other parties heavily protested against the monopoly of the Maoist led government and demanded the resignation of the PM. Moreover, acting against the situation the President Yadav using his power of president-ship reinstated Katawal as the CoAS of Nepal Army.
In view of the president’s act, the prime minister addressing the nation at around 11:00 GMT on Monday gave his resignation against the public through the communication medium which was later accepted by the president.
By Shreedeep Rayamajhi