Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal has asked Madhesi parties to help the government in implementing the Supreme Court's ruling on Vice President Paramananda Jha's case.
SC's full court had issued an order on Sunday that Jha will have to take fresh oath in Nepali within seven days or else the post will be vacated.
In a meeting with Madhesi parties including coalition partner Terai Madhesh Loktantri Party at his official residence in Baluwatar Tuesday, PM Nepal said that as a proposal has already been taken to the legislature parliament to make necessary amendments in the interim constitution so as to make arrangements for oath-taking in the respective mother-tongue of the various linguistic groups and communities of Nepal, they should support the government implement SC's order and resolve the Vice-President's Hindi-oath taking episode peacefully.
Expressing his party's strong reservation on the SC's order, TMLP chairman Mahanta Thakur said that fueling the 'language controversy' in such an issue as oath taking 'which is purely related to one's personal belief and conscience' will only work to isolate the people of Terai and further enrage them.
"So, keeping in view the transitional phase of the country, I request that there be review of Supreme Court's decision," he said.
Madhesi parties have already flayed the court order, with TMDP describing the SC order as a "big dent" on the achievement of the Madhesi movement. However, TMLP is one of the 22 coalition partners that have asked Jha to honour the July 24 court verdict.
The President's Office and the Prime Minister's Office have already said they are ready to arrange a fresh oath-taking ceremony and are waiting for Jha's decision.
On Monday, VP Jha said the court order was 'prejudiced' and 'flawed', but said he would take a decision within the timeline offered by the SC. Meanwhile, Madhesi parties are coming up with their formal opinion on the SC's order on VP Jha's case today.
It has been learnt that a meeting of Madhesi Janadhikar Forum, Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (Loktantrik), TMLP, Sadbhawana and other madhesi parties ill take place later today and take a formal decision on the issue. nepalnews.com