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Chief Ministers challenge Oli

Kathmandu, 22 May: The provincial governments are dismayed by Prime Minister Khagda Oli’s remarks on federalism that he made on Tuesday. Inaugurating the laying of optical fiber in Dhading, Oli said that provincial and local governments were not separate entities, but units under the federal government.

According to Kantipur daily, Oli had claimed that provincial and local governments were trying to act as independent governments. The remarks, constitutional experts say, contradict the fundamental principle of the Constitution of Nepal, which was promulgated with full support from the Oli-led party— the erstwhile CPN-UML.

However, that didn’t go down well as some Chief Ministers of Gandaki Province and Province 1 felt that Oli had disrespected the provincial governments. Both ministers said provincial governments were not part of the ruling party but were a part of the nation.

 People’s News Monitoring Service

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