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"This isn't a popularity contest"



Are you aware that a CA member has asked a Chinese national Rs 500 million to purchase CA members in a telephone conversation?
This issue has formally entered the parliament after a lot of effort. It is linked to our national pride. I will address other questions after this issue is resolved.

There are CA members who have been convicted by the court and even given life terms in jail.
The government is responsible for implementing the Supreme Court's orders. The parliament does not have a role in it. The concerned bodies need to turn their attention towards it.

The constitution has not been written, the government is delayed. CA members are being charged for criminal activities. What will the people think?
There is no alternative to writing the constitution and taking the peace process to its logical conclusion. The irregularities that are being raised have to be investigated. And then the truth has to be presented before the people.

Seven rounds of elections have taken place to elect a prime minister. How long do you think this will drag on?
I wanted the prime minister to be elected on July 21 so that he could immediately form the state restructuring commission. But that did not happen. There is a sense of disappointment among the people. I request the political parties again to end this deadlock.

Do you agree that the people's trust on the CA, its members and the speaker has decreased?
A feeling of confusion and disappointment has increased among the people. All parties should work to build the people's trust.

They say you haven't been able to gain the goodwill of the parties?
These are comments made when I have tried to work according to the parliament's rules. When the president said that the prime minister can be elected with signatures from 301 CA members, I disagreed. Some said that 301 CA members could submit their signatures to the speaker and then the prime minister could be announced in a press conference. But this would have been against the constitution. It won't earn me praise, but I am not in a popularity contest.

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