KATHMANDU, Jan 2: Former Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal has been taking initiatives to form a common forum of former prime ministers in a bid to forge common stance on various issues concerning the development of the country.
Nepal, who is also senior leader of CPN-UML, argued that such a forum would help give momentum to development activities by supporting the good deeds of the sitting prime ministers, irrespective of the parties to which he/she belongs to. He argued that constructive criticisms would help the prime minster steer development activities.
Nepal said the former prime ministers through the platform would make efforts forge common views on various nine areas. “Former prime ministers have influence both in national and international arena. A tendency to appreciate good works and protest the wrong doings will help lead the country to a bright future,” he said, adding that they should play the role of guardians in the present context.
Addressing a function organized jointly by Sanchar Foundation, Green Foundation, Rautahat Guthi and Himalaya Trust in the capital on Tuesday, Nepal argued that the political parties in Nepal should not always look after partisan interests but for the welfare of the country and people at large.
Of the total 36 prime minister of Nepal so far, only nine former prime ministers including Kirti Nidhi Bista, Tulasi Giri, Marich Man Shrestha, Surya Bahadur Thapa, Lokendra Bahadur Chanda, Sher Bahadur Deuba, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Jhalanath Khanal and Nepal are alive.
Nepal said that the proposed forum of former prime ministers will forge a common view on issues related to economic system, mega development projects, environment conservation, good governance, untouchability, foreign policy, all-round development of society, economic disparity and hunting “talents” in various fields.
Nepal also expressed worry over the growing tendency of the masses to seek their rights while ignoring their duties and responsibilities. “We talked a lot about our rights, but never cared about our duties. The government has to act tough to make people fulfill their duties,” he added.