Kathmandu: Nepali Congress (NC) President Sher Bahadur Deuba has said the incumbent government was trying to muzzle up the freedom of the press.
At a festive greetings exchange programme organized by Nepal National Magar Association State-3 committee here today, President Deuba argued the NC would never compromise in defending free press as it was a backbone of democracy.
On the occasion, President Deuba, also the former Prime Minister, urged the government to reinstate three journalists working in Radio Nepal Dipayal Office. These journalists were recently sacked there.
Also speaking on the occasion, NC vice president and former Deputy Prime Minister Bimalendra Nidhi accused the ruling party of mobilizing its cadres to launch attacks on NC cadres in one after another in incident. The party would not stay tight-lipped if action was not taken against the guilty, Nidhi added. NC General Secretary Dr Shashanka Koirala said the government was failing to implement the constitution and meet peoples’ aspirations.
The government also failed to make proper allocation of the budget in three tiers of government, he noted. NC central committee members Deepak Giri, Uday Shamsher Rana, Sindhuli NC President Ujjal Baral, Magar Association Chair Om Thapa Magar and leader Mohan Baral, among others also had highlighted the need of a robust Congress for safeguarding democracy.