Nepal President unhappy with Maoist government’s sack of army chief

May 3rd, 2009 - 6:53 pm ICT by ANI  

Kathmandu, May 3 (ANI): Nepal’s President, Ram Baran Yadav, is learnt to have expressed his ’serious disapproval’ over the Maoist government’s decision to sack Chief of Army Staff, General Rookmangud Katawal, saying that it was taken without following “due procedures”.

Reports quoted sources at Shital Niwas (the President’s Office) as saying that President Yadav is dissatisfied with the government decision as it was done without “political consensus”.

President Yadav has assured leaders of the Terai Madhesh Democratic Party (TMDP) this afternoon that he will decide his next move only after consulting all political parties and stakeholders.

The TMDP has termed the government decision as “undemocratic” and said it will oppose it both in parliament and in the streets.

Earlier, Nepali Congress acting president Sushil Koirala and senior leader Sher Bahadur Deuba also met President Yadav and expressed their party’s severe opposition to the sacking of General Katawal.

Emerging from the meeting, Koirala informed that the president was annoyed as the government had decided to take action against the Army chief without informing him about it first.

Nepali Congress-affiliated Nepal Student Union activists staging protests and burnt tyres in front of Tri Chandra College to protest the government’s decision to sack General Katawal.

A Nepal News report said that the Maoists are expected to take out a massive rally in Kathmandu to express their solidarity with the government’s decision. Kathmandu’s traffic has been badly hit owing to it.

Reports said police has been put on high alert and deployed along with Armed Police Force in various parts of the city to avert any untoward incident.

There is also possibility of curfew being clamped in Kathmandu keeping in view the Maoist rally expected in a short while.

As per the provision in the Interim Constitution, the President needs to approve the government’s decision to sack the Army chief. The President can even advise the government to reconsider it decision or even withdraw it if he deems it inappropriate, according to some experts. (ANI)

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