(TibetanReview.net, Jun27’19) – A political party in Nepal that is part of the governing communist coalition has on Jun 25 suspended one of its members for six month as punishment for attending an international conference of parliamentarians co-hosted by the Tibetan Parliament in Exile in Latvia’s capital Riga over May 7-10 this year.
The Samajbadi Party Nepal suspended Pradip Yadav for six months, more than 45 days after he attended “a controversial programme on Free Tibet in Europe without informing the party”, reported kathmandupost.ekantipur.com Jun 26.
The report said the party took the decision after finding his clarification for attending the event ‘unsatisfactory’.
The report cited the party as saying in a statement Jun 25 that its central executive committee meeting held on Jun 24 under party Chairman Upendra Yadav took the decision. The party’s Deputy General Secretary Prakash Adhikary, who heads the party’s central office, has said Yadav had been relieved of all his party responsibilities for six months.
After their participation in the 7th World Parliamentarians’ Convention on Tibet was controverted by the country’s media, the two lawmakers – the other one being Iqabal Miya from the Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal – had organised a press meet on May 20, saying they were unaware of the motive of the event and that were filled with remorse for attending it.
Pradip has called the action unfortunate. “I am surprised with the party’s decision. I have no comment to make on that. I will accept it unflinchingly as I am a true soldier of the party,” setopati.net Jun 26 quoted Yadav as saying. “I am someone who remained in the party even when it had split into many pieces. I expect that action against me would be reconsidered.”