Kathmandu: A group of experts and intellectuals of Nepal has opposed the India visit scheduled for Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Gyawali from 14-16 January 2020.
Minister Gyawali will attend the Nepal-India Joint Commission meeting during his visit.
In a press release issued by Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the ministry notified that Minister Gyawali will visit New Delhi from 14 to 16 January for the sixth Meeting of Nepal-India Joint Commission.
The release is read “The Joint Commission Meeting will discuss the whole gamut of Nepal-India bilateral relations, including trade, transit, energy, boundary, COVID-19 cooperation, infrastructure, connectivity, investment, agriculture, tourism, culture, among others.,”
Gyawali is visiting at the invitation of his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar.
During the visit Gyawali will also meet high-level Indian dignitaries.
Similarly, the Nepali delegation to set sail consists of Ambassador of Nepal to India, Foreign secretary, Health secretary, and other senior officials of the Government of Nepal.
The group of experts and intellectuals has urged the minister not to sign any bilateral treaty or understanding that will be accountable for the country in long run.
According to the constitution , the government is an acting government till the next constitution of the government by election.
The group has said clarified that the government has no authority to sign in such treaty or understanding because after the dissolution of the House it is only accountable to hold election.
The ministers of the government including PM have no right to run formal visit and sign any bilateral agreement.
The group has expressed its serious concern that after the dissolution of the House, the government doesn’t have authority to sign any treaty or agreement that creates responsibility and if the government signs such agreements or treaties it will be blunder for the country.
Such irresponsible past acts done by the governments of Nepal have been a curse for the country and people.
The group includes the experts are : Indira Dali, Dr. Rishi Adhikari, Krishna Gyawali, Dr. Khagendra Prasain, Dipendra Bahadur Kshetry, Ninu Chapagain, Manavi Paudel, Yuvraj Pandey, Lilamani Paudyal, Suryanath Upadhaya, Dr. Shuryaraj Acharya, Somalal Subedi, Sharadaprasad Tritaal, Dr. Shurvir Paudel and Hiranyalal Shrestha.
They argue in the joint release that since President endorsed the recommendation of the dissolution of the House by PM and made a call for election, the government has lost authority to sign bilateral or multiple agreements or treaties and has one and only right to hold election on due time.
Also in the countrywide protests have been run by most of the political parties against the dissolution of the House and for the restoration of the House. In this juncture, if any treaty is signed by the government, that will not be ratified by the country.
Sub Article 3 of the Articles of 77 says “(3) If the office of Prime Minister falls vacant under clause (1), the same Council of Ministers shall continue to act until another Council of Ministers is constituted. Provided that if the Prime Minister dies, the senior-most Minister shall act as the Prime Minister until a new Prime Minister is appointed.”
The provision the constitution clarifies that the current government is an acting government.