Nepalis defending borders do not need lesson on nationalism: Deuba

Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba speaking at a Legislature-Parliament in Kathmandu, on Sunday, July 24, 2016. Photo: RSS

Kathmandu, May 23: Parliamentary party leader of the main opposition Nepali Congress (NC) Sher Bahadur Deuba has stated that the people who are defending the country’s borders do not need lesson on nationalism.
“Our brothers and sisters defending the country’s borders in the east, west, north and south do not need pages full of lesson on nationalism,” Deuba said commenting on the government’s policies and programs in the parliament. “All Nepali people are nationalist. They all are defending the borders whether they are living in the mountains, hills or plains. They do not again need lesson on nationalism.”
Deuba also expressed displeasure at President Bidhya Devi Bhandari not using right honorable to address the speaker while presenting the government’s policies and programs. “I want to use the term right honorable even though president did not use it,” Deuba said starting his speech.
NC lawmaker has even lodged an amendment proposal against omission of the term right honorable.
Deuba read his comments on the policies and programs from a paper. “The policies and programs do not mention the source from where the budget will come,” he pointed. “Political transition has ended. Nepal has recorded high economic growth rate for two consecutive years. This government had an opportunity. But there is no novelty in the policies and programs. Does the government lack vision or does it not want to look far? Such historic opportunity should not be wasted.”
“There are policies in the policies and programs but no programs. Principles and priorities also have been similar. What the government wants to achieve in a year is not mentioned anywhere. Dreams without plans and programs are mere wishes,” he commented.
Calling the policies and programs directionless and chaotic, he opined that the government that considers itself strong should take big risks.
“How will the aims of doubling per capita income in five years, absorbing young workers inside the country and increasing electricity consumption be achieved?” Deuba questioned. “Investment amounting to 50 percent of the size of economy has to be made to achieve the goals. There is foreign investment of US$ 150 million now. It has to be increased to US$ 3 billion.”
He also told the government that democratic, peaceful and prosperous society cannot be achieved with scattered and airy guffs.

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