Chairman of Rastriya Swatantra Party, Rabi Lamichhane/File Photo
KATHMANDU: Chairman of Rastriya Swatantra Party (RSP) Rabi Lamichhane launched a scathing critique against Home Minister Narayankaji Shrestha in a meeting of the State Affairs and Good Governance Committee today morning.
The heated exchange stemmed from Shrestha’s comments on Friday’s tragic Balkumari incident that claimed the lives of two youths.
Lamichhane, also a former home minister, accused Shrestha of losing control over the police force, asserting that this lapse had repercussions on the overall security system.
Lamichhane stated, “The police-administration stopped working according to your spirit. Now the question of morality has arisen.”
Despite disclaiming his competence to teach ethics, Lamichhane expressed concern about Shrestha’s ability to oversee the home administration effectively.
Moreover, Lamichhane criticized Shrestha’s entry into the National Assembly and appointment as Home Minister after losing the election.
“Even if you don’t appear to crave a position, it is inappropriate to assume such a critical role when lives are being lost daily, and you have been defeated in the election,” he asserted.
Suspicions about Shrestha going astray were voiced by Lamichhane, who directly questioned, “Aren’t you going astray?”
During his address, Lamichhane also downplayed rumors suggesting his party’s eagerness to join the government, especially as speculation circulated about discussions with Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda regarding a potential alliance.
To dispel such rumors, Lamichhane emphatically stated, “What do you think we want to come to the government? Is that why you are afraid? We are not in a ‘race’ to come to the government under any circumstances.”
Contrary to recent speculations, Lamichhane asserted in the meeting that his party had no immediate plans to join the government.
Despite earlier discussions with PM Dahal regarding potential ministerial responsibilities, Lamichhane clarified that there was no coalition agreement favoring the RSP’s demands.